Definition of Pap test in English:

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Pap test

Pronunciation: /ˈpap ˌtɛst/

noun

North American term for smear test.
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.

Origin

1960s: from a shortening of the name of the anatomist George Nicholas Papanicolaou, who devised the technique, + test1.

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