American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A method of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, in which the contents of the uterus are withdrawn through a narrow tube. Also called suction curettage, vacuum curettage.
- n. medicine A method of inducing abortion, during the first trimester of pregnancy, in which the embryo and placenta are drawn off through a narrow tube
- n. a method of induced abortion; prior to the 14th week of gestation the embryo and placenta are removed by applying suction to the dilated cervix
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