Definition of cervical smear in English:

cervical smear


  • 1A test carried out on a sample of cells from the cervix to check for abnormalities that may be indicative of cervical cancer.

    • ‘Through a payroll tax, everyone would receive free preventive care proven by scientific trials: childhood immunisations, cervical smears, mammograms.’
    • ‘The anti-rejection drugs increase the risk of getting certain types of cancer, especially in the skin (avoid direct sunlight) and neck of the womb, so women should have regular cervical smears.’
    • ‘For us to define women in the subcohort as ‘cytologically normal’ we considered that they had to have a normal cervical smear result at or after the follow up examination.’
    • ‘An abdominal bimanual examination is recommended; do a cervical smear if it is due.’
    • ‘We now use mannequins for testing competency at passing a speculum and taking cervical smears in our final examination, to ensure basic competency.’
    • ‘Abnormal cells found on the end of the cervix during a cervical smear test are generally at an ‘early warning’ pre-cancer stage, and do not cause any symptoms.’
    • ‘Certain health issues, such as breast disease, cervical smears, the menopause and hormone replacement therapy, are of particular concern to women, and are discussed here.’
    • ‘Of these women, 324 had had a cervical smear before diagnosis and their test results were re-examined.’
    • ‘You don't need a cervical smear or internal examination to use the Pill.’
    • ‘In this study the cervical smear was prepared before the monolayer.’
    • ‘The maturation index of all the specimens, including cervical or vaginal smears, was determined, acknowledging that cervical smears are not the ideal specimens for hormonal assessment.’
    • ‘From a government that swears it is reducing the number of targets, the campaign has produced a couple of new ones on bowel and breast cancer and on the time taken to return cervical smears.’
    • ‘The cervix is one of the common sites for cancer, hence the advisability of regular cervical smears.’
    • ‘A number of health checks are available, including breast examinations, cervical smears, blood testing, blood pressure and advice on other health-related issues.’
    • ‘An unfortunate perception exists among healthcare providers and women who have sex with women that they do not need regular cervical smears.’
    • ‘Though there is considerable expert scepticism about the diagnostic value of cervical smears and mammograms, this has done nothing to dampen demands to extend these programmes.’
    • ‘Physical examination, cervical smears, transvaginal ultrasonography and mammography were performed at the first and last visits.’
    • ‘Their lateral vaginal wall smears and cervical smears were examined for hormonal and morphological assessments respectively.’
    • ‘Whitehead et al demonstrated megaloblastic changes in cervical smears of oral contraceptive users in the absence of general folate deficiency.’
    • ‘Regular cervical smear tests will detect any abnormal cells before they become cancerous.’
    1. 1.1 A sample of cells collected from the cervix for testing.


cervical smear