Definition of lithotomy in English:

lithotomy

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

[mass noun]
  • Surgical removal of a calculus (stone) from the bladder, kidney, or urinary tract.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Derivatives

lithotomist

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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