Illustration from a United States patent for an ornate curette (Michelson, 1988)
A curette is a surgical instrument designed for scraping or debriding 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", and curettage (// or //) is treatment that involves such scraping.
Some examples of medical use of a curette include: