Lithotripsy meaning

lĭthə-trĭpsē
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Pulverization of kidney stones or gallstones by means of a lithotripter.
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A noninvasive medical procedure in which ultrasound generated by a machine (lithotripterlithotriptor) pulverizes kidney stones or gallstones into small pieces that can be excreted.
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Pulverization of kidney stones or gallstones by means of a lithotripter.
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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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(surgery) The breaking-up of kidney stones or similar calculi by means of ultrasound.
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Origin of lithotripsy

  • litho– Greek trīpsis a rubbing, pounding (from trībein to rub, pound lithotripter) –y

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition