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[kyoo r-i-tahzh, kyoo-ret-ij]
noun Surgery.
  1. the process of curetting.
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Origin of curettage

1895–1900; < French, equivalent to curette curette + -age -age
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Historical Examples of curettage

  • In most cases of subinvolution a curettage, at least, will have to be done.


    James J. Walsh

  • Locally, curettage and the application of suitable antiseptics are indicated.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • The other method consists in prompt establishment of drainage by surgical means and includes exploration and curettage.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • Success largely depends on the care with which this curettage is carried out.

  • Surgical interference is frequently called for, generally in the form of curettage or the application of caustics.

British Dictionary definitions for curettage


curettement (kjʊəˈrɛtmənt)

  1. the process of using a curetteSee also D and C
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Word Origin and History for curettage


1897; see curette (q.v.) + -age.

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curettage in Medicine


  1. The removal of tissue or growths from the interior of a body cavity, such as the uterus, by scraping with a curette.curettement
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