litho-, lith-, -lith, -lithic, -lite, -liths, -lites

(Greek: stone, rock; hard consolidated mineral matter; hard matter formed from mineral and earth material; hard substance that is solid)

A reference to organisms that burrow into rocks; such as, certain molluscs.
An incision into a duct or organ for the purpose of removing stones; especially, of the bladder.
lithotomy forceps
A forceps (a specialized surgical instrument used to hold things; such as, dressings, tissues, or organs) for the extraction of a calculus, usually from the urinary tract.
A surgical procedure in which a bladder fistula is created for the purpose of urinary stone removal.

A fistula is an abnormal passage or communication, usually between two internal organs or leading from an internal organ to the surface of the body.

1. A surface or area of uniform sedimentation.
2. A rock, sediment, or body of sediments exhibiting a relatively uniform or persistent depositional environment.
A surgical procedure in which holes re drilled into a calculus to facilitate its removal.
lithotripist (s) (noun), lithotripists (pl)
Someone who is skilled in the process of crushing and extracting stones located in the kidney or bladder: Isaac had to be treated by a lithotripist in order to get rid of the mineral crystals that were causing intense pain in his lower back and urinary tract infections.
lithotripsy (s) (noun), lithotripsies (pl)
1. A procedure of comminuting or pulverizing a stone in the urinary bladder, or urethra, into small particles that can be passed out by urine: Lithotripsy was formerly done only surgically but it can now be accomplished by various noninvasive methods; such as, using a device that passes shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits.
2. The crumbling of a urinary calculus or gallstone within the body, followed at once by the washing out the fragments: The stone fragments that result from lithotripsy become small enough to be expelled during the urination process.
lithotripter machine, lithotripter tool (s) (noun); lithotripter machines, lithotripter tools (pl)
A device that pulverizes kidney stones and gallstones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits: The lithotripter machine, or the lithotripter tool, breaks up any kidney stones by using ultrasound shock waves.
lithotriptic (adjective), more lithotriptic, most lithotriptic
A reference to an agent which effects the dissolution of a calculus, or calculi: Dr. Hillman and other doctors are now utilizing lithotriptic shock waves to break up kidney stones without having to use surgical intervention.
lithotriptor, lithotripter (s) (noun); lithotriptors, lithotripters (pl)
A device for breaking up renal calculi (kidney stones): A lithotripter administers a high-energy shock wave that disintegrates stones which are then passed out in the urine.
lithotriptoscope (s) (noun), lithotriptoscopes (pl)
A surgical instrument which is used to pulverize a bladder calculus, or calculi, with direct visibility: By using the lithotriptoscope, a medical technician can see the stones in the bladder or kidney and break them up into very small particles which can then be washed out by the patient when he or she urinates.
lithotriptoscopy (s) (noun), lithotriptoscopies (pl)
A kind of surgical procedure in which bladder stones are comminuted and flushed out by seeing them clearly with the device that is being used: Ted's doctor arranged for him to have a lithotriptoscopy to get rid of the renal calculus that was causing so much pain in his kidney.
lithotrite (s) (noun), lithotrites (pl)
A surgical instrument designed to smash or to fragment stones; such as might be found in the bladder, and thereby facilitate spontaneous or operative removal: A lithotrite makes it possible to urinate minute particles through the urethra.
The process of using various instruments for crushing a urinary calculus.

Related "stone, rock" word families: lapid-; petro-; saxi-; stele-.