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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:
- the removal of impacted ear wax.
- dilation and curettage of the uterus, a gynecologic procedure.
- excision of the adenoids (adenoidectomy) by an otolaryngologist.
- to scrape tartar deposits from tooth enamel with a periodontal curette.
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