endocervical curettage

Pronunciation: (en-doh-SER-vih-kul kyoo-reh-TAZH)

A procedure in which a sample of abnormal tissue is removed from the cervix using a small, spoon-shaped instrument called a curette. The tissue is then checked under a microscope for signs of cervical cancer. This procedure may be done if abnormal cells are found during a Pap test.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2013-11-05