1. Health



Updated August 12, 2008


Cytopathology is the examination of cells from the body under the microscope to identify the signs and characteristics of disease. Cytopathology is often loosely called "cytology," a word that simply means the study of cells. A cytopathology report tells us whether the cells studied contains signs of disease.

The term cytopathology is derived from two Greek words - cytos (cells) and pathos (disease).

Cells examined for cytopathology can come from fluids extracted from body cavities - e.g. urine, sputum (spit), or fluids accumulating inside the chest or abdomen. Cells can also be extracted by inserting needles into lumps or diseased areas or tissues - called fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). These cells are concentrated, plated and stained on slides and examined under the microscope.

In lymphomas, FNAC is a common test to identify lymphoma in lymph nodes and other body tissues.


Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary

Also Known As: cytology report, cytopath

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.