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exfoliative cytology


Definition: the examination, for diagnostic purposes, of cells denuded from a neoplasm (or other type of lesion) and recovered from the sediment of the exudate, secretions, or washings from the tissue (sputum, vaginal secretion, gastric washings, urine).

Synonym(s): cytopathology2

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