curette

noun
cu·​rette | \ kyu̇-ˈret How to pronounce curette (audio) \
variants: or less commonly curet

Definition of curette

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a surgical instrument that has a scoop, ring, or loop at the tip and is used in performing curettage

curette

verb
variants: or less commonly curet
curetted; curetting

Definition of curette (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to perform curettage on

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Verb

curettement \ kyu̇-​ˈret-​mənt How to pronounce curette (audio) \ noun

Examples of curette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, your doctor will use a scalpel to pierce the stye and remove the contents of the bump with a curette. Korin Miller, SELF, 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of curette

Noun

1753, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curette

Noun

French curette, from curer to cure, from Latin curare, from cura

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The first known use of curette was in 1753

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“Curette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curette. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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curette

noun
cu·​rette
variants: also curet \ kyu̇-​ˈret How to pronounce curette (audio) \

Medical Definition of curette

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a surgical instrument that has a scoop, loop, or ring at its tip and is used in performing curettage

curette

transitive verb
variants: also curet
curetted; curetting

Medical Definition of curette (Entry 2 of 2)

: to perform curettage on

Other Words from curette

curettement \ kyu̇-​ˈret-​mənt How to pronounce curette (audio) \ noun

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