dilation and curettage

noun

Definition of dilation and curettage 

: a medical procedure in which the uterine cervix is dilated and a curette is inserted into the uterus to scrape away the endometrium (as for the diagnosis or treatment of abnormal bleeding or for surgical abortion during the early part of the second trimester of pregnancy) : d&c

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The standard treatment for GTD is to remove the tumors by suction dilation and curettage (D&C), which Meredith had two days later. Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 Her physician gave her the option of a D&C (the dilation and curettage surgical procedure) or a prescription medication. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Walgreens Pharmacist Refused to Fill a Woman's Prescription to Induce Miscarriage. And It Was Legal.," 25 June 2018 Instead, doctors eventually had to remove the deceased baby in a procedure called dilation and curettage (D&C). PEOPLE.com, "Nebraska Woman, 24, Shares Emotional Story of Her Miscarriage to Show It's Okay to Talk About It," 29 Mar. 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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dilation and curettage

noun

Medical Definition of dilation and curettage 

: a medical procedure in which the uterine cervix is dilated and a curette is inserted into the uterus to scrape away the endometrium (as for the diagnosis or treatment of abnormal bleeding or for surgical abortion during the early part of the second trimester of pregnancy)

called also D&C

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