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lithotripsy

[ lith-uh-trip-see ]

noun

, plural lith·o·trip·sies.
  1. the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.


lithotripsy

/ ˈlɪθəʊˌtrɪpsɪ /

noun

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


lithotripsy

/ lĭthə-trĭp′sē /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of lithotripsy1

1825–35; litho- + Greek trîps ( is ) rubbing, wear + -y 3; lithotripter
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lithotripsy1

C20: from litho- + Greek thruptein to crush

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