fine-needle capillary sampling


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fine-needle capillary sampling

Abbreviation: FNC
A means of obtaining cells from tissue by repeatedly entering the tissue with a small gauge (e.g. 27g) needle that is not attached to a syringe. The cells obtained in the needle tip are expelled onto a microscope slide for cytologic analysis. FNC is used, often along with fine-needle aspiration biopsy, in the evaluation of thyroid nodules. Synonym: fine-needle nonaspiration biopsy
See also: sampling