a device used for fragmenting kidney stones with ultrasound waves.

Nearby words

  1. lithostratigraphy,
  2. lithotomic,
  3. lithotomy,
  4. lithotomy position,
  5. lithotripsy,
  6. lithotriptic,
  7. lithotriptoscopy,
  8. lithotrite,
  9. lithotrity,
  10. lithuania

Origin of lithotripter

1815–25; respelling, with -er1, of litho(n)triptor instrument for crushing kidney stones, pseudo- L derivative (cf. captor, raptor) of litho(n)triptic, ultimately based on the Greek phrase (phármaka tôn en nephroîs) líthōn thryptiká (drugs) breaking up stones (in the kidneys); trip- by association with Greek trī́bein to rub, knead, pound (verbal adjective trīptós) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lithotripter



a machine that pulverizes kidney stones by ultrasound as an alternative to their surgical removal
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Medicine definitions for lithotripter




A device that pulverizes kidney stones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits. The procedure creates stone fragments small enough to be expelled in the urine.

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