A curette is a surgical instrument designed for scraping or debriding biological tissues 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 curettage 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 gynaecology.
- excision of the adenoids by an gerontologist.
- to scrape tartar deposits from tooth enamel with a periodontal curettes.