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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Curette \Cu*rette"\ (k[.u]*r[e^]t"), n. [F., fr. curer to cleanse.] (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.


Curette \Cu*rette"\ (k[.u]*r[e^]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curetted; p. pr. & vb. n. Curetting.] (Med.) To scrape with a curette.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

surgical instrument, 1753, from French curette (15c.), from curer "to clear, cleanse" (from Latin curare; see cure (v.)) + -ette.


n. A spoon-shaped surgical instrument for cleaning a diseased surface. vb. (cx transitive English) To scrape with a curette.


n. a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop to remove tissue from a bodily cavity [syn: curet]


A curette is a surgical instrument designed for scraping or debriding biological tissue or debris in a biopsy, excision, or cleaning procedure. In form, the curette is a small hand tool, often similar in shape to a stylus; at the tip of the curette is a small scoop, hook, or gouge. The verb to curette means "to scrape with a curette", and curettage ( or ) is treatment that involves such scraping.

Some examples of medical use of a curette include:

Usage examples of "curette".

She fished a curette from her jacket and used it to burn off slivers of the growth for analysis.

Major carefully curetted the inside of the uterus, noting the consistency of the endometrial tissue.

An entire array of scalpels, pincers, bone forceps, and curettes appeared from the palm of Nith Nassam's ion glove, a bouquet of dreadful blossoms he began to pick through with obvious relish.

As he cleared the soft tissue with a curette, the spinal column gradually revealed itself, grayish white against the bright red of the surrounding flesh.