ferning test

ferning test

[fur′ning]
Etymology: AS, faern, fern; L, testum, crucible
a technique used to determine the presence of estrogen in the uterine cervical mucus. It is often used to test for ovulation. High levels of estrogen cause the cervical mucus to dry in a fernlike pattern on a slide. Also called arborization test.
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Confirmatory tests included pooling of amniotic fluid in the vaginal vault with positive ferning test.
The ferning test may give false positive results (5.
The patient was considered to have intact membranes if she had no complaint of leakage, there was no fluid pooling, and we had a negative ferning test.