From Big Medical Encyclopedia

PAPANIKOLAU METHOD (G. N. Papanicolaou, amer. the anatomist and the doctor, 1883 — 1962) — a cytologic research of vulval contents, with the help to-rogo establish the nature of cyclic changes of cells of an epithelium of a mucous membrane of a vagina depending on a phase of a menstrual cycle; it is used as an additional diagnostic method of cancer detection of a neck of uterus and a vagina — see. the Cytologic research in obstetrics and gynecology .