lithotripsy

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noun lith·o·trip·sy \ˈli-thə-ˌtrip-sē\

Definition of lithotripsy

plural

lithotripsies

  1. :  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 and Etymology of lithotripsy

lith- + Greek tripsis a rubbing, from tribein to rub — more at throw


First Known Use: 1834


Medical Dictionary

lithotripsy

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noun lith·o·trip·sy \ˈlith-ə-ˌtrip-sē\

Medical Definition of lithotripsy

plural

lithotripsies

  1. :  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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