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Papanicolaou's stain

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A multichromatic stain used for smear preparations of various bodily secretions, from the airways, the digestive system and the genital area.

Description

A multichromatic stain used for smear preparations of various bodily secretions, from the airways, the digestive system and the genital area. Due its reliability, this cytological staining method is commonly used for cancer screening, evaluating Papanicolaou's smear.

Bibliography

  • G. N. Papanicolaou:
    A new procedure for staining vaginal smears.
    Science, 1942, 95 (2469): 438-439.

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