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Definition : Instruments designed with a spoon-like working end intended for mechanical scraping and/or removal of tissue from the wall of an anatomic cavity or surface. These devices are typically manual, handheld, or endoscopic instruments with a solid or fenestrated (e.g., a ring, loop) working end that resembles a spoon with blunt or sharp edges, a shaft, and a handle at the other end; some curettes are used through the working channel of an endoscope. Curettes are typically used to remove tissue, either for use as a laboratory sample (biopsy) or during dental and/or surgical procedures.

Entry Terms : "Curets"

UMDC code : 11084

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