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1. a loop, ring, or spoon-shaped instrument, attached to a handle and having sharp or blunt edges; used to scrape tissue from a surface.
2. to remove growths or other material from the wall of a cavity or other surface, using a curette.


, curet (kyū-ret', kyū-ret'),
Instrument in the form of a loop, ring, or scoop with sharpened edges, attached to a rod-shaped handle, used for curettage.


/cu·ret/ (ku-ret´)
1. a spoon-shaped instrument for cleansing a diseased surface.
2. to use a curet.


Etymology: Fr, curette, scoop
1 n, a surgical instrument shaped like a spoon or scoop for scraping and removing material or tissue from an organ, cavity, or surface. A curet may be blunt or sharp and is designed in a shape and size appropriate to its use. Also called curette.
2 v, to remove tissue or debris with such a device. Kinds of curets include Hartmann's curet.


A surgical instrument with a circular cutting loop at one end. The curet is pulled over the skin lesion in repeated strokes to remove one portion of the lesion at a time.
Mentioned in: Skin Lesion Removal


, curet (kyūr-et')
Instrument in the form of a loop, ring, or scoop with sharpened edges, attached to a rod-shaped handle, used for curettage.

curet, (curette) (kyŏŏret´),

n a periodontal or hand instrument having a sharp, spoon-shaped working blade; used for debridement. It is available in many sizes and shapes; used for root planing and gingival curettage, both surgically and nonsurgically.
curet, area-specific,
n any of a number of curets designed for use on specific tooth surfaces. It may feature an elongated shank or shortened blade.
curet, mini-bladed,
n a small dental instrument employed in the surgical removal of unwanted materials, useful in getting at narrow or closed-off areas of the teeth and oral cavity.
curet, nonsurgical Gracey,
n an instrument used for removal of subgingival deposits and root debridement.
curet, nonsurgical Langer,
n an instrument that has combined features of the Gracey curet and universal curet.
curet, nonsurgical rigid,
n an instrument made with a rigid shank that is stronger and aids in removal of tenacious deposits.
curet, nonsurgical universal,
n an instrument designed to permit ac-cess to all surfaces of the tooth without the need to change instruments during deposit removal or root planing.
curet, universal,
n an instrument used on subgingival sufaces. It has a blade with an unbroken cutting edge that curves around the toe and a flat face that is set at a 90° angle to the lower shank.
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Universal curet.



curette, curet

1. a spoon-shaped instrument for cleansing a diseased surface.
2. to use a curette.

bone curette
there are a number of types, e.g. brun bone curette, nail-hole curette.
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Comienza con una contextualizacion sobre la guerra: curetes y etolos [TEXTO IRREPRODUCIBLE EN ASCII] (310) (529, luchaban).
Mientras Meleagro [TEXTO IRREPRODUCIBLE EN ASCII] (553, peleaba), iba bien a los etolos; cuando se apodero de el [TEXTO IRREPRODUCIBLE EN ASCII] (310) (553, colera), la situacion era favorable a los curetes.
While the references to the Telchines would obviously have Callimachean resonances, the references to the Curetes and Dactyls are, in my opinion, Orphic in nature.
Although the meaning of this phrase is difficult to recover, I would interpret it as continuing the pattern of allusion to the Orphic Curetes story.
Also, given Statius's allusions to other daimones, it is likely that the "Gorgon eyes" refer to Athena in her role as the leader of the Curetes and hence, once again, to the Cretan story
He was yet a child, and the Curetes were dancing around him with warlike movement, when the Titans stealthily drew near.
In his description of the parts of Harmonia's necklace Statius refers to the following Orphic/theogonic elements: (1) Morgus the Dactyl (and the story of the death of Zeus on Crete) via the smaragdi; (2) Celmis the Dactyl via the reference to adamas; (3) Athena and the Curetes via the "Gorgon eyes"; (4) the story of the Titanomachy and/or Gigantomachy via the "thunderbolt ash"; (5) the story of Dionysus's death at the hands of the Titans via the Apples of the Hesperides; (56) and (6) the Argonautica tale via the reference to the Golden Fleece (this story vaguely fits the hypothesis because, as mentioned above, both Orpheus and the Dactyls/Curetes figure in it).
We have seen how the general confusion in antiquity regarding the various daimones could lead to the assimilation of the Telchines, Dactyls, and Curetes.
But the variation in these accounts is so small that, whereas some represent the Corybantes, the Cabeiri, the Ideaean Dactyli, and the Telchines as identical with the Curetes, others represent them as all kinsmen of one another and differentiate only certain small matters in which they differ in respect of one another .