lithotripsy

lithotripsy

[lith-uh-trip-see]
noun, plural lithotripsies.
the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.
Also called shock wave therapy.


Origin:
1825–35; litho- + Greek trîps(is) rubbing, wear + -y3; see lithotripter

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lithotripsy (ˈlɪθəʊˌtrɪpsɪ)
 
n
the use of ultrasound, often generated by a lithotripter, to pulverize kidney stones and gallstones in situ
 
[C20: from litho- + Greek thruptein to crush]

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lithotripsy
1834, from litho- + Gk. tripsis "rubbing," from tribein "to rub," from PIE base *ter- "to rub, turn, twist" (see throw).
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lithotripsy lith·o·trip·sy (lĭth'ə-trĭp'sē)
n.
The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra. Also called lithotrity.

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lithotripsy   (lĭth'ə-trĭp'sē)  Pronunciation Key 
The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra by means of a lithotriptor, a device that passes shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits. The resulting stone fragments are small enough to be expelled in the urine.
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