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)

lithofacies analysis
A technique used to identify and interpret deposits of soils in environments in which archaeological deposits are found.

The lithofacies are determined by geometry, vertical sequences, and lateral associations.

Lithofacies models or maps, generalized summaries of sediment characteristics of specific depositional environments, serve as guides to interpretation.

Such a map shows variations in the overall lithologic character of a given stratigraphic unit and its changing composition throughout its geographic extent.

lithogenesis
Formation of calculi.
lithogenous
Rock-forming, or rock-building, as with certain kinds of corals.
lithoglyph, lithoglyphic
An incision or engraving on stone; an incised or engraved stone; also, the art of engraving on precious stones.
lithoglyphite
A fossil that bears the appearance of having been artificially cut or engraved.
lithograph
1. A duplicator that prints by lithography; a flat surface (of stone or metal) is treated to absorb or repel ink in the desired pattern.
2. A print produced by lithography.
lithographic
A reference to a printing process using a plate on which only the image to be printed takes up ink.

The area that is not to be printed is treated to repel ink.

lithography
1. A description of stones or rocks.
2. The art of engraving on precious stones.
3. The art or process of making a drawing, design, or writing on a special kind of stone (called lithographic stone), so that impressions in ink can be taken from it.

Also, a planographic printing process using metal or plastic plates with a sensitized coating on which the matter to be printed is fixed chemically, before the non-printing areas of the plates are dampenedd and the remainder printed with greasy inks on flat-bed or cylinder presses.

lithoid
Like or similar to a stone; resembling a rock.
lithoidolatry
The worship of rock-like formations.
litholabe
A surgical device, or instrument, designed to hold a bladder calculus to aid in its removal or fragmentation.
litholapaxy
A surgical procedure consisting of crushing a stone, or stones, within the urinary system and immediately irrigating to remove the fragments.
litholatry
The worship of a stone or stones.
lithologic contact (s) (noun), lithologic contacts (pl)
The surface that separates rock bodies of different lithologies, or rock types: "A lithologic contact can be conformable (parallel strata that have undergone a similar geologic history) or unconformable depending upon the types of rock, their relative ages, and their attitudes. A fault surface can also serve as a lithologic contact."
lithological
Pertaining to, or a reference to, the characteristics of a rock, as derived from the nature and mode of aggregation of its mineral contents.

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