NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,865 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- Pap smear
- listen (pap smeer)
A procedure in which a small brush or spatula is used to gently remove cells from the cervix so they can be checked under a microscope for cervical cancer or cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. A Pap smear may also help find other conditions, such as infections or inflammation. It is sometimes done at the same time as a pelvic exam and may also be done at the same time as a test for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Also called Pap test and Papanicolaou test.