Glossary Term:

Title

dilation and curettage

Phonetic

die-<b>lay</b>-shun and <b>cure</b>-uh-<b>TAZH</b>

Description

also called D & C. A procedure in which the cervix is opened slightly so that tissue from the lining of the uterus (womb) can be removed. This is often used to get tissue for biopsy. In some cases, all of the contents of the uterus are removed. See also biopsy, cervix, uterus.