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excavator

Pronunciation: eks'ka-va-tor

Definition:

  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.

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