[ lith-uh-trip-see ]
/ ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp si /

noun, plural lith·o·trip·sies.

the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.

Origin of lithotripsy

1825–35; litho- + Greek trîps(is) rubbing, wear + -y3; see lithotripter
Also called shock wave therapy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lithotripsy

/ (ˈlɪθəʊˌtrɪpsɪ) /


the use of ultrasound, often generated by a lithotripter, to pulverize kidney stones and gallstones in situ

Word Origin for lithotripsy

C20: from litho- + Greek thruptein to crush
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Medicine definitions for lithotripsy

[ lĭthə-trĭp′sē ]


The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra.lithotrity
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Science definitions for lithotripsy

[ lĭthə-trĭp′sē ]

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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