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Noun: Papanicolaou smear
  1. A sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells
    - cervical smear, Pap smear [N. Amer]

Derived forms: Papanicolaou smears

Type of: cytologic smear, cytosmear, smear

Part of: Pap test [N. Amer], Papanicolaou test, smear test

Encyclopedia: Papanicolaou smear