bronchoscopic smear -->
lower respiratory tract smear
medical dictionary

A group of cytologic specimens containing material from the lower respiratory tract and consisting mainly of sputum (spontaneous, induced) and material obtained at bronchoscopy (aspirated, lavaged, brushed); used for cytologic study of cancer and other diseases of the lungs.

Synonyms: bronchoscopic smear, sputum smear.

(05 Mar 2000)