from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A surgical instrument for crushing stones in the bladder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for crushing stones in the bladder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who breaks stones.
  • n. An instrument used for crushing stones in the bladder, particularly for crushing stones too large for extraction in the course of a lithotomy, the instrument being introduced through the wound.


Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)



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  • Thanks, mollusque!

    May 13, 2011

  • The single example that Wordnik gives seems to be the only bonafide usage. It comes from Travels in Arabia by Burckhardt (1829). It was picked up by Davies (1881) in A Supplementary English Glossary. A review of the glossary used lithoclast to illustrate the importance of vocabulary: "If he could only frame his lips to call a stone-breaker a lithoclast (for which Mr. Davies furnishes him with good authority), we do not doubt for an instant that he would very shortly be raised by a unanimous vote of the villagers to the distinguished office of surveyor of the highways."

    May 13, 2011

  • Does anyone know if CD 1 is actually used, or is this just used for "stones" within the body?

    May 13, 2011