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kidney stone

noun, Pathology
an abnormal stone, or concretion, composed primarily of oxalates and phosphates, found in the kidney.
Also called renal calculus.
Origin of kidney stone
1970-75 Unabridged
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  • Similar relief is often afforded from the pain of kidney stones before they become definitely engaged in the ureter.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for kidney stones

kidney stone

(pathol) Also called renal calculus. a hard mass formed in the kidney, usually composed of oxalates, phosphates, and carbonates
(mineralogy) another name for nephrite
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kidney stones in Medicine

kidney stone n.
A small hard mass in the kidney that forms from deposits chiefly of phosphates and urates. Also called nephrolith.

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kidney stones in Science
kidney stone  
A calculus that originates in the kidney and is usually composed of calcium salts, uric acid, cystine, and other compounds. Kidney stones cause extreme pain and bleeding if they obstruct the passage of urine in the kidney or in the ureter. They can often be treated with lithotripsy .
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kidney stones in Culture

kidney stones definition

Small, hard masses that form by chemical precipitation and are found in the kidneys. Kidney stones vary in size, with most of them being small enough to pass through the urinary tract for elimination in the urine. Some, however, may be large enough to obstruct the kidney and cause tremendous pain.

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