cytology

[sahy-tol-uh-jee]
noun
the study of the microscopic appearance of cells, especially for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies.

Origin:
1885–90; cyto- + -logy

cytologic [sahyt-l-oj-ik] , cytological, adjective
cytologically, adverb
cytologist, noun
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cytology (saɪˈtɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the study of plant and animal cells, including their structure, function, and formation
2.  the detailed structure of a tissue, as revealed by microscopic examination
 
cytological
 
adj
 
cyto'logically
 
adv
 
cy'tologist
 
n

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cytology
1889, from cyto- + -ology.
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cytologist cy·tol·o·gist (sī-tŏl'ə-jĭst)
n.
A specialist in cytology.

cytology cy·tol·o·gy (sī-tŏl'ə-jē)
n.
The branch of biology that deals with the formation, structure, and function of cells.


cy'to·log'ic (-tə-lŏj'ĭk) adj.
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cytology   (sī-tŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of the formation, structure, and function of cells.
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However, the use of descriptive terms by the pathologist or cytologist conveys more information to the clinician.
Providers will also need to be trained on how to carry out the tests and cytologist on how to interpret results.
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