Lithotripter meaning

lĭthə-trĭptər
A device that pulverizes kidney stones and gallstones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits.
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A device that pulverizes kidney stones and gallstones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits.
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(surgery) A device used in lithotripsy.
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Origin of lithotripter

  • Alteration 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 dhreu- in Indo-European roots)

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