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Nuclear atypia

What does nuclear atypia mean? In pathology, nuclear atypia is used to describe nuclei that are abnormal in size, shape, or colour when examined under the microscope. The nucleus (the term nuclei is used to describe more than one) is the part of the cell that holds the genetic material or DNA. A group of …
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Cytologic atypia

What does cytologic atypia mean? Pathologists use the term cytologic atypia to describe cells that look abnormal when examined under a microscope. Cells may be described as showing cytologic atypia because of their shape, size, or colour. These changes can affect the cytoplasm (body) of the cell or the nucleus (the part of the cell …
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Atypical

What does atypical mean? Atypical is a word pathologists use to describe cells that look abnormal either in shape, colour, or size compared to normal, healthy cells in the same location. Pathologists may also describe these changes as cytologic atypia. What causes a cell to become atypical? There are many reasons why cells may start to look …
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Atypia

What does atypia mean? In pathology, the term atypia is used to describe cells that look abnormal either in shape, colour, or size compared to normal, healthy cells in the same location. Pathologists may also describe these changes as cytologic atypia or atypical cells. These changes can affect the cytoplasm (body) of the cell or …
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