lithotripter

noun
lith·​o·​trip·​ter | \ ˈli-thə-ˌtrip-tər How to pronounce lithotripter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly lithotriptor

Definition of lithotripter

: a device for performing lithotripsy especially : a noninvasive device that pulverizes stones by focusing shock waves on a patient immersed in a water bath

First Known Use of lithotripter

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lithotripter

alteration of lithontriptor, from lithontriptic breaking up bladder stones, modification of Greek (pharmaka tōn) lithōn thryptika (drugs) capable of pulverizing stones

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The first known use of lithotripter was in 1825

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“Lithotripter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithotripter. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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lithotripter

noun
lith·​o·​trip·​ter
variants: also lithotriptor \ ˈlith-​ə-​ˌtrip-​tər How to pronounce lithotripter (audio) \

Medical Definition of lithotripter

: a device for performing lithotripsy especially : a noninvasive device that pulverizes calculi by focusing shock waves on a patient immersed in a water bath

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