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.
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Review of histologic sections (7 cases) and cytologic smears (11 cases) was conducted blindly by 7 pathologists.
Immunohistochemical staining of cytologic smears with MIB-1 helps to distinguish low-grade from high-grade neuroendocrine neoplasms.
Cytologic smears of the mediastinal mass revealed a population of large neoplastic cells with eccentrically situated round to irregular, lobulated nuclei, some with distinctive nucleoli, and abundant cytoplasm (Figure 2, A).
Gupta et al (19) suggest that some of the crystals dissolve during fixation and processing used for histopathologic preparation and staining, making them more difficult to identify in paraffin sections than cytologic smears.
Cytologic smears of the CT-guided FNAB-obtained material were air-dried for initial evaluation using Diff-Quick stain (Dade-Behring, Inc, Newark, Del); the counterparts of these slides were fixed with ethanol for Papanicolaou staining (Richard-Allan Scientific, Kalamazoo, Mich).
Review of histologic sections and cytologic smears is often a key component of civil litigation in cases of alleged negligence or medical malpractice.