from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A surgical instrument shaped like a scoop or spoon, used to remove tissue or growths from a body cavity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spoon-shaped surgical instrument for cleaning a diseased surface
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A scoop or ring with either a blunt or a cutting edge, for removing substances from the walls of a cavity, as from the eye, ear, or womb.
- transitive v. To scrape with a curette.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small surgical instrument for scooping or scraping away, or otherwise removing, substances which require removal, as ear-wax, a cataractous lens, stones in lithotomy, cysts, granulations, small polypi, and the like from the cavity of the uterus, or granulations and dried mucus from the throat.
- To scrape with a curette.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop to remove tissue from a bodily cavity
French, from Old French, from curer, to cure, from Latin cūrāre, to take care of, from cūra, care; see cure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)