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.

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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 — 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 — (Papanicolaou test, Pap test) 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 …   Medical 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

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