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noun, plural li·thot·o·mies.
  1. surgery to remove one or more stones from an organ or duct.
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Origin of lithotomy

1715–25; < Late Latin lithotomia < Greek lithotomía. See litho-, -tomy
Related formslith·o·tom·ic [lith-uh-tom-ik] /ˌlɪθ əˈtɒm ɪk/, lith·o·tom·i·cal, adjectiveli·thot·o·mist, noun
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noun plural -mies
  1. the surgical removal of a calculus, esp one in the urinary bladder
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Derived Formslithotomic (ˌlɪθəˈtɒmɪk) or lithotomical, adjectivelithotomist, noun

Word Origin

C18: via Late Latin from Greek, from litho- + -tomy
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Word Origin and History for lithotomy


1721, from Late Latin lithotomia, from Greek lithotomia, from lithos "stone" (see litho-) + -tomia "cutting" (see -tomy).

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lithotomy in Medicine


  1. Surgical removal of a calculus, especially from the urinary tract.lithectomy
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