lithotripsy

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

Definition of lithotripsy

plural lithotripsies
: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 1throw


Medical Dictionary

lithotripsy

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

medical Definition of lithotripsy

plural lithotripsies
: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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