from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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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  • n. A device used in lithotripsy


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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).


  • Ok my mum is not in ICU (hope she's ok), but I've just my first kidney stone in 10 years blasted this week in a lithotripter, now the fun of having the little darlins coming out, christ it hurts!

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  • Canada ranks 18th out of 23 OECD countries in MRIs per capita and 17th out of 22 OECD countries in the number of computed tomography (CT) scanners per capita. 2 Worse yet, Canada ranks second to last, 13 out of 14 countries for lithotripter availability.

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  • In most large cities in the United States there is at least one hospital with a lithotripter.

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  • One of the relatively new devices is the lithotripter used to break up kidney stones.

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  • The Sonolith i-move lithotripter is a technologically advanced device with modularity and mobile capability.

  • Sonolith i-move is a compact lithotripter with a revolutionary infrared stereo-vision system for real-time, three-dimensional ultrasound localization of urinary stones.

  • With its various modular configurations, Sonolith i-move will replace Sonolith Praktis, an earlier generation lithotripter, and complements the Company's high-end Sonolith I-sys lithotripter, an integration of x-ray and ultrasound localization systems.

  • The device is called an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter and costs $2 million. Local News

  • On Friday night, around 8 Robust occlusion fi lm withstands pm we were invited by Dr. T. Lock, urologist inadvertent contact with holmium laser and in the University Medical Center Utrecht to intracorporeal lithotripter energy. assist during the fi rst case.

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  • The Diwaniya Health Department has received a laser-powered lithotripter to pulverize kidney stones from the Iraqi health minister, the department

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