Definition of curettage in English:


Pronunciation /kjʊəˈrɛtɪdʒ//ˌkjʊərɪˈtɑːʒ/


mass nounSurgery
  • The use of a curette, especially on the lining of the uterus.

    See dilatation and curettage
    • ‘Cryosurgery or curettage and cautery is not recommended for recurrent tumours.’
    • ‘Surgical removal with curettage is the standard treatment.’
    • ‘Numerous methods of treatment are effective, but the most commonly used are cryosurgery, curettage, and excision.’
    • ‘This usually is done using a procedure called suction curettage, under general anesthesia.’
    • ‘No randomised trials were identified that studied the efficacy of carbon dioxide laser, surgical excision, curettage or cautery, formaldehyde, podophyllin, or podophyllotoxin.’


Late 19th century: from French, from curette.