The operation of scraping out the contents of a hollow cavity (such as the endometrial cavity of the uterus) with a curette, for making a diagnosis or for therapeutically removing abnormal tissue. A D and C is abbreviated jargon for dilatation of the cervix and curettage of the uterus). When a curettage is done to empty the uterus of normal or abnormal pregnancy tissue, a special suction apparatus is used and we refer to the operation as a vacuum curettage.
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