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lithotrity

[li-tho-tri-tee]
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noun, plural li·thot·ri·ties. Surgery.
  1. the operation of crushing stone in the urinary bladder into particles small enough to be voided.

Origin of lithotrity

1820–30; litho- + Latin trīt(us) (past participle of terere to rub, grind, crush) + -y3
Related formsli·thot·ri·tist, noun
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Examples from the Web for lithotrity

Historical Examples

  • Probably in most cases it should be superseded by lithotrity.

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery

    Joseph Bell

  • It is like strabismus, chloroform, lithotrity, a heap of monstrosities that the Government ought to prohibit.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • Then came Ammonius, the author of lithotrity, and here comes Hans with the basin-to stay your volubility.

  • Then came Ammonius the author of lithotrity, and here comes Hans with the basin—to stay your volubility.

  • Then came Ammonius, the author of lithotrity, and here comes Hans with the basin to stay your volubility.


British Dictionary definitions for lithotrity

lithotrity

noun plural -ties
  1. surgery the crushing of a calculus in the bladder by means of an instrument (lithotrite) so that it can be expelled by urinating

Word Origin

C19: from litho- + Latin trītus, from terere to crush
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lithotrity in Medicine

lithotrity

(lĭ-thŏtrĭ-tē)
n.
  1. lithotripsy