lithotripsy


lith·o·trip·sy

noun \ˈli-thə-ˌtrip-sē\
plural lith·o·trip·sies

Definition of LITHOTRIPSY

:  the breaking (as by shock waves or crushing with a surgical instrument) of a calculus in the urinary system into pieces small enough to be voided or washed out

Origin of LITHOTRIPSY

lith- + Greek tripsis a rubbing, from tribein to rub — more at throw
First Known Use: 1834

lith·o·trip·sy

noun \ˈlith-ə-ˌtrip-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural lith·o·trip·sies

Medical Definition of LITHOTRIPSY

: the breaking of a calculus (as by shock waves or crushing with a surgical instrument) in the urinary system into pieces small enough to be voided or washed out—called also litholapaxy, lithotrity

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