dilation and curettage

noun

: 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

Examples of dilation and curettage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that case, a health care provider may recommend a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 23 Feb. 2024 At the hospital, the couple was told Cook would need a dilation and curettage procedure -- commonly known as a D&C -- the surgical removal of the lining of the uterus. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2023 The situation required the reality star to have a procedure called a dilation and curettage (D&C) in which tissue from inside the uterus is removed. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 The two procedures also employ the same tools and techniques, depending on the stage of the pregnancy and the health of the pregnant person: medication or dilation and curettage (D. & C.) for early abortions; and dilation and evacuation (D. & E.) or induced labor for later abortions. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 The doctor did perform a dilation and curettage. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2020 Given the lower efficacy rate, more patients may choose surgical options, such as a suction dilation and curettage, known as a suction D&C, in which a provider opens the cervix and places a tube inside to remove pregnancy tissue. Jessica Bartlett, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Mar. 2023 Patients can also opt for a dilation and curettage (D&C). Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 30 July 2022 After her experience with Susan, Bailey opened up about her own experience needing a D&C [dilation and curettage] after having a miscarriage and her desire to change reproductive health care. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dilation and curettage was in 1896

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Medical Definition

dilation and curettage

noun
: 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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