exfoliative cytology


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exfoliative cytology

[eks′fō·lē‚ād·iv sī′täl·ə·jē]
(pathology)
The study of cells shed spontaneously from the body surfaces; used principally in the diagnosis of cancer.
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In 2 patients with nasal lesions, exfoliative cytology was made by washing the nasal cavity.
About 250 specimens were processed each month including fine-needle aspirations and exfoliative cytology.
Loss of background material is not likely to negatively impact GI exfoliative cytology specimens, as the diagnosis of neoplasms from these specimens rarely depends on background findings.