Illustration from a United States patent for an ornate curette (Michelson, 1988)

A curette is a surgical instrument designed for scraping 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.

A currette is commonly used to aid in the removal of impacted ear wax. Surgeons often use a curette for the debridement of tissue, a common example of which is dilation and curettage of the uterus performed in gynaecology.

In the performance of an adenoidectomy, an otolaryngologist may view the adenoids using a mirror or endoscope, and then excise the adenoids with a curette.

In periodontology, the edged hook of the periodontal curette scrapes calculus (tartar) deposits from tooth enamel.

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  • curette — [ kyrɛt ] n. f. • 1415; de curer 1 ♦ Outil muni d une partie tranchante pour racler. ⇒ raclette, racloir. 2 ♦ Méd. Instrument de chirurgie en forme de cuillère qui sert à effectuer les curetages. ● curette nom féminin Instrument en forme de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curette — (n.) surgical instrument, 1753, from Fr. curette (15c.), from curer to clear, cleanse (from L. curare; see CURE (Cf. cure) (v.)) + ette …   Etymology 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curette — (fr., spr. Kürett), löffelartiges Instrument zur Ausziehung fremder Körper aus einem Kanal; vgl. Steinlöffel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Curette — (franz., spr. kü ), ringförmiges, scharfrandiges Instrument zum Abschaben (Curettement, Curettage) erkrankter Schleimhautflächen, besonders der Gebärmutter und des Kehlkopfes …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Curette — vgl. Kürette …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • Curette — A spoon shaped instrument with a sharp edge. The word "curette" comes from the French and means a "scraper." The French verb "curer" is "to scrape clean." * * * cu·rette also cu·ret kyu̇ ret n a surgical… …   Medical dictionary

  • curette — /kjuˈrɛt / (say kyooh ret) noun 1. a scoop shaped surgical instrument used for removing diseased tissue from body cavities such as the uterus, etc. 2. Medicine a. the scraping of a cavity, especially the uterus, with a curette. b. such a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • curette — I. noun also curet Etymology: French curette, from curer to cure, from Latin curare, from cura Date: 1753 a surgical instrument that has a scoop, ring, or loop at the tip and is used in performing curettage II. transitive verb also curet… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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