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View in Spanish: Dilation and curettage (en inglés)

Dilation and curettage (DY-LAY-shun and KYUR-eh-TAHJ)
A procedure to remove tissue from the cervical canal or the inner lining of the uterus. The cervix is dilated (made larger) and a curette (spoon-shaped instrument) is inserted into the uterus to remove tissue. Also called D&C and dilatation and curettage.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.