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Pap test Syllabification: Pap test
Pronunciation: /ˈpap ˌtest/

Definition of Pap test in English:


A test to detect cancer of the cervix or uterus, using a specimen of cellular material from the neck of the uterus spread on a microscope slide ( Pap smear).
Example sentences
  • Although pelvic examinations can screen for reproductive problems or abnormalities, only a Pap test will detect early cervical cancer or precancers.
  • Post-hysterectomy Pap tests may detect vaginal cancer, but the yield and predictive value are low, and the test was never designed for this purpose.
  • Combined Pap test and HPV testing detected all cases of high-grade CIN, but our results did not reach statistical significance.


1960s: named after George N. Papanicolaou (1883–1962), Greek-born American scientist.

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