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The smearing or compressing of a thin tissue specimen between two slides before microscopic analysis. The specimen is placed flat on the first slide. The second slide is held at a right angle to the first and then dragged along the specimen, distributing it lengthwise along the first slide. The specimen is then fixed with alcohol and stained.
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Regarding pumpkin and squash preparation for canning or freezing: I've found that roasting either veggie without first removing the seeds and stringy interior imparts a flavor to the usable pulp that I find disagreeable.
The calories come in when we add brown sugar and butter--a staple for classic winter squash preparations.
Squash preparations are prepared by placing a tiny (1-2mm) fragment of tissue onto a glass slide, placing another glass slide over it, pressing the slides together, squashing the tissue between them, then sliding the 2 slides past each other, dragging squashed tissue across each slide.
Squash preparations are recommended for most CNS lesions.
It is helpful to prepare squash preparations routinely during intraoperative consultations to develop or keep a sharp cytologic eye for CNS neoplasms.