American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A surgical procedure in which the cervix is expanded using a dilator and the uterine lining scraped with a curette, performed for the diagnosis and treatment of various uterine conditions.
- n. medicine A surgical procedure in which the cervix is dilated and the lining of the uterus is scraped with a curet.
- n. a surgical procedure usually performed under local anesthesia in which the cervix is dilated and the endometrial lining of the uterus is scraped with a curet; performed to obtain tissue samples or to stop prolonged bleeding or to remove small tumors or to remove fragments of placenta after childbirth or as a method of abortion
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