Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A surgical instrument shaped like a scoop or spoon, used to remove tissue or growths from a body cavity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To scrape with a curette.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) 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 verb (Med.) To scrape with a curette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A spoon-shaped surgical instrument for cleaning a diseased surface

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop to remove tissue from a bodily cavity

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, from curer, to cure, from Latin cūrāre, to take care of, from cūra, care; see cure.]

Examples

  • Using an instrument called a curette, which looked like a tiny ice-cream scoop, and an oscillating bone saw, he shaved off cartilage from key areas, because he needed to fuse joints and prevent motion.

    Gone Like the Wind

  • When the cervix has expanded sufficiently, the doctor will use a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette to gently scrape out the lining of the uterus.

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  • When the cervix has expanded sufficiently, the doctor will use a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette to gently scrape out the lining of the uterus.

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  • Veteran Medical makes a plastic double-ended ear curette.

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  •             “This!” she exclaimed as she quickly plunged an Italianstiletto-style curette behind the man's soft palate.

    The Difference Between Men and Women

  • First the area is numbed with lidocaine; then the doctor uses a curette to scrape off the skin deeply in the area of the lesion.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Liquid nitrogen can take it off although that can ultimately leave a tiny white spot, or it can be scraped off with a curette.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Madeline was one of the few women in Jane who was active in NOW, and who stayed affiliated with the Chicago chapter during the year she wielded her cannula and curette for the service.

    Rad Geek People’s Daily – 2009 – January – 22

  • First the area is numbed with lidocaine; then the doctor uses a curette to scrape off the skin deeply in the area of the lesion.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Liquid nitrogen can take it off although that can ultimately leave a tiny white spot, or it can be scraped off with a curette.

    Simple Skin Beauty

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