(also dilatation and curettage , abbreviation D and C)
A surgical procedure involving dilatation of the cervix and curettage of the uterus, performed after a miscarriage or for the removal of cysts or tumors.
- That's something around the order of about 8% of patients who take the medication will not have a satisfactory effect and will require a dilatation and curettage to complete the miscarriage, or to complete the abortion.
- Other examples include orthopaedic procedures such as carpel tunnel release and release of tennis elbow; gynaecological procedures, such as D and C; and gastroenterology procedures, including endoscopy and colonoscopy.
- Termination of pregnancy or miscarriages that involve dilatation and curettage sometimes inadvertently remove myometrial tissue as well as removing the products of conception.
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Syllabification: di·la·tion and cu·ret·tage
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