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.

Nearby words

  1. lithemia,
  2. lithesome,
  3. lithia,
  4. lithia water,
  5. lithiasis,
  6. lithification,
  7. lithify,
  8. lithium,
  9. lithium aluminum hydride,
  10. lithium carbonate

Origin of lithic

First recorded in 1790–1800, lithic is from the Greek word lithikós of stone. See lith-, -ic

Related formslith·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·lith·ic, adjective


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lithic

British Dictionary definitions for lithic



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

Word Origin for lithic

C18: from Greek lithikos stony


adj combining form

(in anthropology) relating to the use of stone implements in a specified cultural periodNeolithic

Word Origin for -lithic

from Greek lithikos, from lithos stone

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Word Origin and History for lithic



1797, from Greek lithikos "of or pertaining to stone," from lithos "stone" (see litho-).

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