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  1. a scoop-shaped surgical instrument for removing tissue from body cavities, as the uterus.
verb (used with object), cu·ret·ted, cu·ret·ting.
  1. to scrape with a curette.

Origin of curette

1745–55; < French, equivalent to cur(er) to cleanse + -ette -ette. See cure
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  1. a surgical instrument for removing dead tissue, growths, etc, from the walls of certain body cavities
verb -rettes, -rets, -retting or -retted
  1. (tr) to scrape or clean with such an instrument

Word Origin

C18: from French, from curer to heal, make clean; see cure
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Word Origin and History for curette


surgical instrument, 1753, from French curette (15c.), from curer "to clear, cleanse" (from Latin curare; see cure (v.)) + -ette.

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curette in Medicine


  1. A surgical instrument shaped like a scoop or spoon, used to remove tissue or growths from a body cavity.
  1. To scrape tissue or a body part with a curette.
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