Definition of lithotomy in English:


Line breaks: lith|ot¦omy
Pronunciation: /lɪˈθɒtəmi


[mass noun]
Surgical removal of a calculus (stone) from the bladder, kidney, or urinary tract.
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  • Early Hindu surgeons performed advanced eye operations and practised lithotomy (surgical removal of a stone from the urinary tract) and plastic surgery.
  • In passing, until the advent of anaesthetics and antisepsis about 200 years later, the only internal operation generally undertaken was removal of bladder stones, or lithotomy as it was called.
  • Cheselden at St Thomas's introduced the keeping of accurate records that enabled him to analyse the morbidity and mortality of his lithotomy operation for bladder stones.


mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek lithotomia (see litho-, -tomy).



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  • Being one of those few operations where the surgeon can place in the patient's hand the fruits of his labour, in truth most lithotomists kept a spare stone on their person to bamboozle the wrong out patient in case of failure.

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