- 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 curetted
Any granulation tissue is curetted away and the cavity dried.
The margins of the fistula should be curetted freely and the opening enlarged, if necessary.
Any granulations present are curetted away gently from the tympanic cavity.
If patches be observed, a 10% or stronger solution of cocaine should be applied to the part, which should afterwards be curetted.
The thrombus is then curetted out and the dissected portion of the jugular vein cut off as high up as possible.
- 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 curetted
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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