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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 any infected, potentially pre-cancerous, or cancerous cells in the cervical cells obtained from a Pap smear.

Related Term(s): Cervix

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