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
Origin and Etymology of lithotripter
alteration of lithontriptor, from lithontriptic breaking up bladder stones, modification of Greek (pharmaka tōn) lithōn thryptika (drugs) capable of pulverizing stones
First Known Use: 1825
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up lithotripter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).