- the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.
Origin of lithotripsy
Also called shock wave therapy.
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- the use of ultrasound, often generated by a lithotripter, to pulverize kidney stones and gallstones in situ
C20: from litho- + Greek thruptein to crush
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Word Origin and History for lithotripsy
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- The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra.lithotrity
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- The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra by means of a lithotriptor, a device that passes shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits. The resulting stone fragments are small enough to be expelled in the urine.
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