- 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 curetting
(i) Uterine hmorrhage is the chief symptom which calls for curetting.
Curetting often cures this by removing the diseased endometrium.
If the injury be the result of curetting, it is wiser to do nothing.
Also uterine hemorrhage, attended with cramps and expulsion of clots, has been relieved by it after curetting had failed.
Curetting away of a localized lesion of the labyrinthine wall.
- 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 curetting
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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