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excavator

 [eks´kah-va″ter]
a scoop or gouge for surgical use.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ex·ca·va·tor

(eks'kă-vā-tŏr),
1. An instrument like a large, sharp spoon or scoop, used in scraping out pathologic tissue.
2. In dentistry, an instrument, generally a small spoon or curette, for cleaning out and shaping a carious cavity preparatory to filling.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

ex·ca·va·tor

(eks'kă-vā-tŏr)
1. An instrument like a large sharp spoon or scoop, used to scrape out pathologic tissue.
2. dentistry An instrument, generally a small spoon or curette, used to clean out and shape a carious cavity before filling it.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

ex·ca·va·tor

(eks'kă-vā-tŏr)
In dentistry, an instrument, generally a small spoon or curette, for cleaning out and shaping a carious cavity preparatory to filling.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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