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atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance


Definition: the term in the Bethesda system for reporting cervical/vaginal cytologic diagnosis describing cellular abnormalities that are more marked than those attributable to reactive changes but that quantitatively or qualitatively fall short of a definitive diagnosis of low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion; may reflect a benign or a potentially serious lesion.

See Also: Bethesda system, reactive changes, under change

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