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lithotripsy

[ lith-uh-trip-see ]
/ ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp si /
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noun, plural lith·o·trip·sies.
the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.
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Also called shock wave therapy.

Origin of lithotripsy

1825–35; litho- + Greek trîps(is) rubbing, wear + -y3; see lithotripter
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British Dictionary definitions for lithotripsy

lithotripsy
/ (ˈlɪθəʊˌtrɪpsɪ) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for lithotripsy

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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