SIL (squamous intraepithelial lesion )
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 Related Terms

• epithelium
• squamous
• dysplasia
• CIN
• colposcopy  

 

Definition: precancerous cell abnormality, usually described in terms of results on a Pap test. Squamous is a kind of flat cell found covering much of the cervix, vagina, and vulva. Intraepithelial means within the protective layers of cells (epithelium). Lesion is an area of abnormality. SIL is divided into LSIL (low-grade SIL) and HSIL (high-grade SIL) depending upon how abnormal the cells are.

Also Known As: dysplasia, CIN, VIN, VAIN

Common Misspellings: CIL, SIN

Related Resources:

Dysplasia 101

Evaluating LSIL (low-grade SIL)

Evaluating HSIL (high-grade SIL)

Q&A's on Dysplasia and HPV

 


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