lithotripter
also lithotriptor noun Etymology: alteration of lithontriptor, from lithontriptic breaking up bladder stones, modification of Greek (pharmaka tōn) lithōn thryptika (drugs) capable of pulverizing stones Date: 1825 a device for performing lithotripsy; especially a noninvasive device that pulverizes stones by focusing shock waves on a patient immersed in a water bath

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  • lithotripter — /lith euh trip teuhr/, n. a device used for fragmenting kidney stones with ultrasound waves. [1815 25; resp., with ER1, of litho(n)triptor instrument for crushing kidney stones, pseudo L deriv. (cf. CAPTOR, RAPTOR) of litho(n)triptic, ult. based… …   Universalium

  • lithotripter — noun A device used in lithotripsy …   Wiktionary

  • lithotripter — lith·o·trip·ter also lith·o·trip·tor lith ə .trip tər n a device for performing lithotripsy esp a noninvasive device that pulverizes calculi by focusing shock waves on a patient immersed in a water bath * * * litho·trip·ter (lithґo… …   Medical dictionary

  • Lithotripter — Li|tho|trip|ter* der; s, : svw. ↑Lithotriptor …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • lithotripter — n. device which crushes kidney stones by means of ultrasound waves (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lithotripter — lith·o·trip·ter …   English syllables

  • lithotripter — lith•o•trip•ter [[t]ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp tər[/t]] n. srg a device that employs ultrasound to pulverize stones in the body • Etymology: 1815–25 lith o•trip′tic, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • lithotripter — /ˈlaɪθoʊtrɪptə/ (say luythohtriptuh) noun Medicine a machine that generates ultrasound waves to pulverise a kidney stone or gallstone within the body, the pieces then being harmlessly passed in the urine in the case of kidney stones, or passed… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lithotripter — Li|tho|trịp|ter, der; s, (Lithoklast) …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

  • lithotripter — …   Useful english dictionary

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