- a scoop-shaped surgical instrument for removing tissue from body cavities, as the uterus.
- to scrape with a curette.
Origin of curette
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Examples from the Web for curette
Of the use of the ear scoop as a curette we have several instances.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
Callous ulcers are best removed by a curette, knife, or hot iron and then treated like a common wound.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Then commonly the entire ovum comes away with the gauze, or what remains of it is taken out with a curette.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
A probe is then passed into the ostium, and the anterior wall of the sinus is removed with a curette or rongeur forceps.
The curette should not be used on the lateral pharyngeal wall in case the Eustachian orifices and cushions are damaged.
- a surgical instrument for removing dead tissue, growths, etc, from the walls of certain body cavities
- (tr) to scrape or clean with such an instrument
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A surgical instrument shaped like a scoop or spoon, used to remove tissue or growths from a body cavity.
- To scrape tissue or a body part with a curette.
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