[kyoor-i-tahzh, kyoo-ret-ij]
noun Surgery.
the process of curetting.
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1895–1900; < French, equivalent to curette curette + -age -age Unabridged
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curettage or curettement (ˌkjʊərɪˈtɑːʒ, kjʊəˈrɛtɪdʒ, kjʊəˈrɛtmənt)
See also D and C the process of using a curette
curettement or curettement

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1897, from curette (q.v.).
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curettage cu·ret·tage (kyur'ĭ-täzh')
The removal of tissue or growths from the interior of a body cavity, such as the uterus, by scraping with a curette. Also called curettement.

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surgical scraping, usually of the lining of a body cavity, to clean it of foreign matter, to remove tumours or other growths or diseased tissue (as in the curetting out of diseased bone tissue in osteomyelitis), or to obtain a sample of tissue for diagnosis. Typically, the term refers to the scraping of the wall of the uterus to obtain tissue for microscopic examination to determine the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. Curettage is performed with the curette (or curet), a scoop- or hoe-shaped instrument, scalpel-sized, which may be blunt or sharp.

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Curettage refers to cleaning the walls of the uterus with a curette.
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