or cu·ret

[ kyoo-ret ]
/ kyʊˈrɛt /


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.

Origin of curette

1745–55; < French, equivalent to cur(er) to cleanse + -ette -ette. See cure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curette



/ (kjʊəˈrɛt) /


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
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Medicine definitions for curette



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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