cervical smear


cervical smear
test) a specimen of cellular material scraped from the neck (cervix) of the uterus that is stained and examined under a microscope in order to detect cell changes indicating the presence of cancer. The transformation zone of the cervix is most likely to produce evidence of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia if present. Routine cervical smears are taken to detect precancerous and early cancerous changes.

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  • cervical smear — n BrE technical a test for ↑cancer of a woman s ↑cervix American Equivalent: pap smear …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cervical smear — noun count BRITISH MEDICAL a PAP SMEAR …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cervical smear — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a specimen of cellular material from the cervix spread on a microscope slide for examination for cancerous cells or precancerous changes …   English terms dictionary

  • cervical smear — noun a sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells • Syn: ↑Pap smear, ↑Papanicolaou smear • Hypernyms: ↑smear, ↑cytologic smear, ↑cytosmear • Part Holo …   Useful english dictionary

  • cervical smear — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cervical smear : singular cervical smear plural cervical smears medical British a medical test in which cells are taken from a woman s cervix to check for cancer. The American word is Pap smear …   English dictionary

  • cervical smear — noun A screening test to detect pre cancerous and cancerous cells by taking a sample (‘smear’) of cells from the cervix. Syn: smear test, Pap smear, Pap test …   Wiktionary

  • cervical smear — /sɜvɪkəl ˈsmɪə/ (say servikuhl smear), /sɜˌvaɪkəl/ (say ser.vuykuhl) noun → Pap smear …   Australian English dictionary

  • cervical smear — noun (C) technical a test for cancer of a woman s cervix; pap smear AmE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cervical smear — a specimen of cellular material scraped from the transformation zone of the cervix (neck) of the uterus that is stained and examined under a microscope in order to detect cell abnormalities indicating the presence of precancerous change. See:… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • cervical smear — specimen scraped from the wall of the cervix (examined for cancerous material) …   English contemporary dictionary