One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hard mass formed in the kidneys, typically consisting of insoluble calcium compounds; a renal calculus.
- ‘Depending on its size and position, an untreated kidney stone could cause permanent damage to the kidneys.’
- ‘Management of a kidney stone depends on its size, location, and composition and the presence of anatomical malformation and complications.’
- ‘Severe back pain of any sort can be a sign of a problem, such as a kidney stone or infection.’
- ‘All of the Stanford patients developed side effects such as high urine calcium, and one developed a kidney stone.’
- ‘Once a person has had a kidney stone, subsequent problems may be avoided through medication and dietary adjustments, Fallon says.’
kidney stone/ˈkidnē stōn/
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