[ lith-ik ]
/ ˈlɪθ ɪk /
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pertaining to or consisting of stone.
Petrology. pertaining to clastic rocks, either sedimentary or volcanic, containing a large proportion of debris from previously formed rocks: a lithic sandstone; lithic tuff.
Pathology. pertaining to stony concretions, or calculi, formed within the body, especially in the bladder.
Chemistry. of, relating to, or containing lithium.


Archaeology. a stone artifact.



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Origin of lithic

First recorded in 1790–1800, lithic is from the Greek word lithikós of stone. See lith-, -ic
lith·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·lith·ic, adjective

Definition for lithic (2 of 2)


a combining form used in the names of cultural phases in archaeology characterized by the use of a particular type of tool: Chalcolithic; Neolithic.

Origin of -lithic

see origin at lithic
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British Dictionary definitions for lithic (1 of 2)

/ (ˈlɪθɪk) /


of, relating to, or composed of stone
containing abundant fragments of previously formed rocka lithic sandstone
pathol of or relating to a calculus or calculi, esp one in the urinary bladder
of or containing lithium
C18: from Greek lithikos stony

British Dictionary definitions for lithic (2 of 2)


adj combining form

(in anthropology) relating to the use of stone implements in a specified cultural periodNeolithic
from Greek lithikos, from lithos stone
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