- a test for cancer of the cervix, consisting of the staining of cervical cells taken in a cervical or vaginal smear (Pap smear or pap smear) for examination of exfoliated cells.
- a vaginal Pap smear used to evaluate estrogen levels.
- an examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells.
- another name for cervical smear
- a similar test for precancerous cells in other organs
n.1963, short for Papanicolaou (1947) in reference to George Nicholas Papanicolaou (1883-1962), Greek-born U.S. anatomist who developed the technique of examining secreted cells to test for cancer. n.
- Pap smear