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What is a Pap smear?

A Pap smear involves the scraping off of cells from the cervix and smearing them onto a glass slide, which is then sent to a lab where someone who specializes in studying cells, called a cytologist, checks them for abnormalities.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
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