dilation and curettage [also called D&C]
(dye-LAY-shun and KUR-it-ahj
A procedure that removes the inside lining of the uterus
. First the cervix
is opened (or dilated) so that a small spoon-shaped instrument (called a curette) can be put into the uterus. Then the curette is used to take out the uterine lining.