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J R Soc Med. 1985 December; 78(12): 995–1004.
PMCID: PMC1290052

Quantitative exfoliative cytology of normal oral squames: an age, site and sex-related survey.

Abstract

This study describes the development of quantitative cytological techniques and their application to oral smears. Nuclear and cell size has been measured and matched with age, sex and site in an attempt to produce a baseline for comparison with identical measurements carried out on pathological smears. The results displayed a significant variation in nuclear and cytoplasmic area between different sites. Nuclear size varied significantly with advancing age; however, this was not the case for cytoplasmic area. There was no significant variation in either criterion between males and females.

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