Definitions for "Dilation and curettage"
A way of getting a sample of cells from the lining of the uterus (womb). The entrance to the uterus (the cervix) is gently stretched open so that the doctor can reach the uterus and scrape off some of the cells.
Often abbreviated to D&C. A procedure which involves the surgical dilation of the cervix and the insertion of a curette to remove the contents. It is used to scrape the uterine walls for disease diagnosis, remove retained fragments of the placenta postpartum, or after an incomplete abortion, or remove tumors in the uterus.
A surgical procedure in which the cervix is expanded (dilated) so that the cervical canal and uterine lining can be scraped with a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette (curettage). Also called D & C.