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- n. A lithotriptor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A lithotriptor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for crushing a stone in the bladder, so as to reduce it to small particles which will pass through the urethra. Also lithotritor.
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If the stone is too large to be extracted through the urethra, it may be broken down with the lithotrite and extracted piecemeal with the forceps.
The lithotrite is not meant to extract stones, but to crush them, hence never attempt to withdraw it unless the blades are in absolute apposition.
The lithotrite is an instrument composed of a straight stem bent for an inch or more to one side at its free end so as to form an obtuse angle, and having on the same side a sliding bar moving in a groove in the stem and operated by a screw so that the stone may be seized between the two blades at its free extremity and crushed again and again into pieces small enough to extract.