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[lith-uh-trip-ter] /ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp tər/
a device used for fragmenting kidney stones with ultrasound waves.
Origin of lithotripter
1815-25; respelling, with -er1, of litho(n)triptor instrument for crushing kidney stones, pseudo- L derivative (cf. captor, raptor) of litho(n)triptic, ultimately based on the Greek phrase (phármaka tôn en nephroîs) líthōn thryptiká (drugs) breaking up stones (in the kidneys); trip- by association with Greek trī́bein to rub, knead, pound (verbal adjective trīptós) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lithotripter


a machine that pulverizes kidney stones by ultrasound as an alternative to their surgical removal
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lithotripter in Medicine

lithotripter lith·o·trip·ter (lĭth'ə-trĭp'tər)
A device that pulverizes kidney stones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits. The procedure creates stone fragments small enough to be expelled in the urine.

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