Dilation and curettage

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dilation

 [di-la´shun]
1. the act of dilating or stretching.
3. an increase in the diameter of a circular structure, such as the pupil.
dilation and curettage D and C; expanding of the ostium uteri to permit scraping of the walls of the uterus. See also abortion.

dilation and curettage

n. Abbr. D & C
A surgical procedure in which the cervix is expanded using a dilator and the uterine lining scraped with a curette, performed for the diagnosis and treatment of various uterine conditions.

di·la·tion and cu·ret·tage

(D & C) (dī-lā'shŭn kyūr'ĕ-tahzh')
Dilation of the cervix and curettement of the endometrium.

Dilation and curettage (D and C)

A procedure performed under anesthesia during which the cervix is opened more (or dilated) and tissue lining the uterus is scraped out with a metal, spoon-shaped instrument or a suction tube. The procedure can be used to diagnose a problem or to remove growths (polyps).