Definition of curette in English:


Line breaks: cur|ette
Pronunciation: /kjʊəˈrɛt


  • A small surgical instrument used to remove material by a scraping action, especially from the uterus.
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    • This is when the cervix is dilated and any growths or other material can be removed with a scraping instrument called a curette.
    • A curette is used to remove the superficial layer of the lesion.
    • Excess cement is removed with a curette by the surgeon and first assistant.


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  • Clean or scrape with a curette: the endometrium was curetted
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    • The lesion was excised as a whole, and the cavity was curetted.
    • The tissue was curetted off the bone and consisted of multiple tan-brown fragments with red friable areas.
    • He curetted me in his surgery under local anaesthetic and I remember screaming out, ‘I want to go home’, and then I rung up the hospitals to find out is that the usual procedure.


mid 18th century (as a noun): from French, from curer 'cleanse', from Latin curare (see cure).

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