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curette

Syllabification: cu·rette
Pronunciation: /kyo͝oˈret
 
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Definition of curette in English:

noun

A surgical instrument used to remove material by a scraping action, especially from the uterus.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb

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Clean or scrape with a curette.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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