Dictionary.com

curette

[ kyoo-ret ]
/ kyʊˈrɛt /
Save This Word!

noun

a scoop-shaped surgical instrument for removing tissue from body cavities, as the uterus.

verb (used with object), cu·ret·ted, cu·ret·ting.

to scrape with a curette.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Also cu·ret .

Origin of curette

First recorded in 1745–55; from French, equivalent to cur(er) “to cleanse” + -ette feminine noun suffix; see origin at -ette, cure
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for curette

British Dictionary definitions for curette

curette

curet

/ (kjʊəˈrɛt) /

noun

a surgical instrument for removing dead tissue, growths, etc, from the walls of certain body cavities

verb -rettes, -rets, -retting or -retted

(tr) to scrape or clean with such an instrument

Word Origin for curette

C18: from French, from curer to heal, make clean; see cure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for curette

curette

n.

A surgical instrument shaped like a scoop or spoon, used to remove tissue or growths from a body cavity.

v.

To scrape tissue or a body part with a curette.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
See Today's Synonym