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Cytology (from Greek κύτος, kytos, "a hollow"[1]; and -λογία, -logia) means "the study of cells".[2] Cytology is that branch of life science, which deals with the study of cells in terms of structure, function and chemistry. Based on usage it can refer to:

  • Cytopathology: the study of cellular disease and the use of cellular changes for the diagnosis of disease.
  • Cell biology: the study of (normal) cellular anatomy, function and chemistry.

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  1. Kirkpatrick et al. (1989). The Cassell Concise English Dictionary, 324.
  2. Dictionary at eMedicine cytology