Skip to Content
Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ă-sē′tō-wīt′en-ing

Definition: Blanching of skin or mucous membranes, after application of 3–5% acetic acid solution, a sign of increased cellular protein and increased nuclear density; used particularly on genital skin and mucous membranes, including the uterine cervix, to identify zones of squamous cell change for biopsy and condyloma acuminatum for treatment.

Synonym(s): visual inspection with acetic acid

[acetic acid + whitening]

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.