Definitions for "Papanicolaou smear"
A screening test to evaluate the cells of the cervix to determine whether they are normal ( or cancerous?). The physician or nurse removes some cells from the cervical canal with a brush or spatula (usually a painless process, then smears them onto a glass plate). A pathologist examines the cells under a microscope.
a sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells
Cytologic smear of exfoliated cells (for example, from the cervix,endometrialcavity, or vagina) used in the early detection of cancer or the evaluation of the hormonal status of the patient.