cytologic smear

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cy·to·log·ic smear

a type of cytologic specimen made by smearing a sample (obtained by a variety of methods from a number of sites), then fixing it and staining it, usually with 95% ethyl alcohol and Papanicolaou stain.
Synonym(s): cytosmear

cy·to·log·ic smear

(sī'tō-loj'ik smēr)
A type of cytologic specimen made by smearing a sample (obtained by a variety of methods from a number of sites), then fixing it and staining it, usually with 95% ethyl alcohol and Papanicolaou stain.

cy·to·log·ic smear

(sī'tō-loj'ik smēr)
A type of cytologic specimen made by smearing a sample before fixing it and staining it.

cytologic smear (sī´təloj´ik),

n the product of a diagnostic technique where cells are scraped off the surface of a lesion found in the oral cavity. The gleaned cells are then examined under a microscope for indications of a variety of diseases. Considered a preliminary diagnostic test, it is not used to detect more serious conditions that require deeper tissue samples.