[ lith-uh-trip-ter ]
/ ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp tər /
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a device used for fragmenting kidney stones with ultrasound waves.
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Origin of lithotripter
First recorded in 1815–25; alteration of obsolete litho(n)triptor “instrument for crushing kidney stones,” derivative of litho(n)triptic “crushing kidney stones,” from New Latin lithontripticus, ultimately based on the Greek phrase (phármaka tôn en nephroîs) líthōn thryptiká “(drugs) breaking up stones (in the kidneys)”; thryptiká “crushing,” a derivative of thrýptein “to crush”; trip- by association with Greek trī́bein “to rub, knead, pound” (verbal adjective trīptós )
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British Dictionary definitions for lithotripter
/ (ˈlɪθəˌtrɪptə) /
a machine that pulverizes kidney stones by ultrasound as an alternative to their surgical removal
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Medical definitions for lithotripter
[ lĭth′ə-trĭp′tər ]
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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