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Meaning of Pap test

Pap' test"

Pronunciation: (pap), [key]
  1. a test for cancer of the cervix, consisting of the staining of cervical cells taken in a cervical or vaginal smearfor examination of exfoliated cells.
  2. a vaginal Pap smear used to evaluate estrogen levels.
  3. an examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells.
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