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PAP SMEAR

Bible DictionaryAids Glossary
a procedure in which a specimen of cells is taken from the uterine cervix or anus, prepared on a slide, and examined under a microscope for abnormal cell growth (dysplasia). An abnormal Pap smear suggests increased risk of developing cancer.
Bible DictionaryGlossary of HIV(AIDS)-Related Terms
A method for the early detection of cancer and other abnormalities of the female genital tract, especially of the cervix<!-- (see) -->, employing scraped as well as exfoliated cells (cells that have been shed into the vaginal fluid) and a special staining technique for microscopic examination that differentiates diseased tissue. Also known as Papanicolaou Smear after George Papanicolaou, the American cytologist who developed this method.
Bible DictionaryNCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
A procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix for examination under a microscope. It is used to detect cancer and changes that may lead to cancer. A Pap smear can also show noncancerous conditions, such as infection or inflammation. Also called a Pap test.
A Service of the National Cancer Institute.

 

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