Definition of Pap test in US English:

Pap test


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


1960s: from a shortening of the name of the anatomist George Nicholas Papanicolaou, who devised the technique, + test.


Pap test

/ˈpæp ˌtɛst//ˈpap ˌtest/