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Definition: 'Papanicolaou Stain'

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Papanicolaou stain

Type: Term

Pronunciation: pa-pă-ni′kō-low

Definitions:
1. a multichromatic stain used principally on exfoliated cytologic specimens and based on aqueous hematoxylin with multiple counterstaining dyes in 95% ethyl alcohol, giving great transparency and delicacy of detail; important in cancer screening, especially of gynecologic smears.



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