A device that pulverizes kidney stones and gallstones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits.
Origin of lithotripterAlteration of obsolete lithotriptor, lithontriptor from lithontriptic breaking up kidney stones from New Latin lithontripticus alteration ( influenced by Greek trībein trīp- to rub, pound ) of lithonthrypticus from Greek (pharmaka tōn en nephrōis) lithōn thruptika (drugs) crushing stones (in the kidneys) lithōn genitive pl. of lithos stone thruptika neuter pl. of thruptikos crushing ( from thruptein to crush ; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.)
- (surgery) A device used in lithotripsy