HIV/AIDS Glossary

Pap Smear

Synonym(s): Pap Test, Papanicolaou Test

A procedure in which cells and secretions are collected from inside and around the cervix for examination under a microscope. Pap smear also refers to the laboratory test used to detect potentially precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervical cells obtained from a Pap smear. A Pap smear may also help find other conditions, such as infections or inflammation.

Related Term(s): Cervix

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