[lith-uh-trip-see] /ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp si/
noun, plural lithotripsies.
the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter.
the use of ultrasound, often generated by a lithotripter, to pulverize kidney stones and gallstones in situ
1834, from litho- + -tripsy, from Greek tripsis “rubbing,” from tribein “to rub, thresh, pound, wear out,” from PIE root *tere- “to rub, turn, twist” (see throw). Klein says the intended Greek word is thryptein “to crush” and there has been “confusion” with tribein.
lithotripsy lith·o·trip·sy (lĭth’ə-trĭp’sē)
The procedure of crushing a stone in the urinary bladder or urethra. Also called lithotrity.
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.
- Lithotomy position
lithotomy position n. A supine position in which the hips and knees are fully flexed with the legs spread apart and raised and the feet resting in straps. Also called dorsosacral position.
[lith-uh-trip-ter] /ˈlɪθ əˌtrɪp tər/ noun 1. a device used for fragmenting kidney stones with ultrasound waves. /ˈlɪθəˌtrɪptə/ noun 1. a machine that pulverizes kidney stones by ultrasound as an alternative to their surgical removal lithotripter lith·o·trip·ter (lĭth’ə-trĭp’tər) n. A device that pulverizes kidney stones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the […]
lithotriptoscopy lith·o·trip·tos·co·py (lĭth’ə-trĭp-tŏs’kə-pē) n. The crushing of a stone in the bladder while viewing directly through a cystoscope.
[lith-uh-trahyt] /ˈlɪθ əˌtraɪt/ noun, Surgery. 1. an instrument for performing lithotrity. lithotrite lith·o·trite (lĭth’ə-trīt’) n. An instrument used to crush a stone present in the bladder or urethra. Also called lithoclast.