atypical glandular cell

Definition / meaning of atypical glandular cell

A term used to describe abnormal cells that come from inside the cervix or from the lining of the uterus. These abnormal cells are found in a small number of Pap smears (a procedure used to detect cervical cancer) and may be a sign of more serious lesions or cancer. The term used to be atypical glandular cells of uncertain significance (AGUS). Also called AGC.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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