noun, plural li·thot·ri·ties. Surgery.
  1. the operation of crushing stone in the urinary bladder into particles small enough to be voided.

Origin of lithotrity

1820–30; litho- + Latin trīt(us) (past participle of terere to rub, grind, crush) + -y3
Related formsli·thot·ri·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ties
  1. surgery the crushing of a calculus in the bladder by means of an instrument (lithotrite) so that it can be expelled by urinating

Word Origin for lithotrity

C19: from litho- + Latin trītus, from terere to crush
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lithotrity in Medicine


  1. lithotripsy
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