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lithotripsy

[lith-uh-trip-see]
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noun, plural lith·o·trip·sies.
  1. the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.

Origin of lithotripsy

1825–35; litho- + Greek trîps(is) rubbing, wear + -y3; see lithotripter
Also called shock wave therapy.
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British Dictionary definitions for lithotripsy

lithotripsy

noun
  1. the use of ultrasound, often generated by a lithotripter, to pulverize kidney stones and gallstones in situ

Word Origin

C20: from litho- + Greek thruptein to crush
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Word Origin and History for lithotripsy

n.

1834, from litho- + -tripsy, from Greek tripsis "rubbing," from tribein "to rub, thresh, pound, wear out," from PIE root *tere- "to rub, turn, twist" (see throw). Klein says the intended Greek word is thryptein "to crush" and there has been "confusion" with tribein.

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lithotripsy in Medicine

lithotripsy

([object Object])
n.
  1. The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra.lithotrity
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lithotripsy in Science

lithotripsy

[lĭthə-trĭp′sē]
  1. The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra by means of a lithotriptor, a device that passes shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits. The resulting stone fragments are small enough to be expelled in the urine.
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