- 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.
Origin of lithic
- 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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Examples from the Web for lithic
Most commonly it is composed of a lithic acid or mulberry nucleus, and an external crust of the fusible calculus.
I have also seen it connected, as lithic acid frequently is, with a tendency to cutaneous disease.
It has been used as a solvent for lithic calculi, and in gout, &c.—Dose, 15 to 30 gr.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Alkalies are thus of use in a tendency to lithic acid deposit.
The deposits in which solvents are appropriate are termed respectively Lithic and Phosphatic.
- 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
- (in anthropology) relating to the use of stone implements in a specified cultural periodNeolithic
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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