Papanicolaou stain

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Pa·pa·ni·co·la·ou stain

a multichromatic stain used principally on exfoliated cytologic specimens and based on aqueous hematoxylin with multiple counterstaining dyes in 95% ethyl alcohol, giving great transparency and delicacy of detail; important in cancer screening, especially of gynecologic smears.


George N., Greek-U.S. physician, anatomist, and cytologist, 1883-1962.
Papanicolaou examination
Papanicolaou smear - Synonym(s): Pap smear
Papanicolaou smear test - Synonym(s): Pap test
Papanicolaou stain - a multichromatic stain used in cancer screening, especially of gynecologic smears.
Papanicolaou test - Synonym(s): Pap test
Pap smear - vaginal or cervical cells obtained for cytological study. Synonym(s): Papanicolaou smear
Pap test - examination of cells stained with Papanicolaou stain. Synonym(s): Papanicolaou smear test; Papanicolaou test
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The cytology smears prepared from the lung SOL were stained with both Leishman Giemsa stain and Papanicolaou stain followed by careful examination under light microscope.
The Papanicolaou stain also revealed the atypical cells with a chromatin pattern suggestive of neuroendocrine differentiation.
The centrifuge tube was inserted into the SurePath [sup]™ semi-automated slide processor and stained using Papanicolaou stain [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b.
A cross sectional study was conducted to compare the FNAC smears adequacy by toluidine blue, a supravital stain (TBS) and Papanicolaou stain (PAPS).
Other stains can be applied according to the need of diagnosis, for example, Gram's stain, Ziehl-Neelsen stain, Periodic acid-Schiff stain, Alcian blue stain, and Papanicolaou stain.
The smears were stained with toluidine blue and conventional Papanicolaou stain and the cytomorphology of both the smears were compared.
Materials used for the study were wooden spatulas, microscopic slides along with papanicolaou stain.
Smears were stained with Romanosky and papanicolaou stain.
coli were also seen in the Papanicolaou stain (Fig.
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A low cost Papanicolaou stain protocol for cancer screening [Abstract].
The specimen is smeared on a microscope slide, followed by specific staining of the deposited cells on the slide with the Papanicolaou stain.