Lithotripsy
Lithotripsy Lith"o*trip`sy (l[i^]th"[-o]*tr[i^]p`s[y^]), n. [Litho- + Gr. tri`bein to rub, grind: cf. F. lithotripsie.] (Surg.) The operation of crushing a stone in the bladder or urethra to reduce it to particles small enough to be voided; lithotrity. It may be performed with an instrument called lithotriptor or lithotrite (also called a lithoclast); or, more recently, may be accomplished by devices using ultrasonic waves to fragment the stones. [1913 Webster]

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  • lithotripsy — 1834, from LITHO (Cf. litho ) + tripsy, from Gk. tripsis rubbing, from tribein to rub, thresh, pound, wear out, from PIE root *tere to rub, turn, twist (see THROW (Cf. throw)). Klein says the intended Greek word is thryptein to crush and there… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lithotripsy — [lith′ə trip΄sē] n. pl. lithotripsies a noninvasive medical procedure in which ultrasound generated by a machine (lithotripter) pulverizes kidney stones or gallstones into small pieces that can be excreted …   English World dictionary

  • Lithotripsy — Procedure to break a stone into small particles that can be passed in the urine. * * * The crushing of a stone in the renal pelvis, ureter, or bladder, by mechanical force or focused sound energy. SYN: lithotrity. [litho + G. tripsis, a rubbing]… …   Medical dictionary

  • lithotripsy — noun (plural sies) Etymology: lith + Greek tripsis a rubbing, from tribein to rub more at throw Date: 1834 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lithotripsy — /lith euh trip see/, n., pl. lithotripsies. the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter. Also called shock wave therapy. [1825 35; LITHO + Gk trîps(is) rubbing, wear + Y3; see LITHOTRIPTER] * * * …   Universalium

  • lithotripsy — noun The breaking up of kidney stones or similar calculi by means of ultrasound See Also: lithotripter …   Wiktionary

  • lithotripsy — operation involving crushing or disintegration of bladder stones Stones and Rocks …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • lithotripsy — n. crushing and removing of kidney stones using a lithotripter (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lithotripsy — [ lɪθəˌtrɪpsi] noun Surgery a treatment using ultrasound to shatter a calculus (stone) so that it can be passed out by the body. Derivatives lithotripter (also lithotriptor) noun lithotriptic adjective Origin C19: from litho + Gk tripsis rubbing …   English new terms dictionary

  • lithotripsy — lith·o·trip·sy …   English syllables

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