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[lith-uh-trip-see] /ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp si/
noun, plural lithotripsies.
the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.
Also called shock wave therapy.
Origin of lithotripsy
1825-35; litho- + Greek trîps(is) rubbing, wear + -y3; see lithotripter Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lithotripsy


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

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 lith·o·trip·sy (lĭth'ə-trĭp'sē)
The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra. Also called lithotrity.

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lithotripsy in Science
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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