One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The formation of stony concretions (calculi) in the body, most often in the gallbladder or urinary system.
- ‘A 58 year old man with a clinical history of diabetes mellitus and left renal lithiasis presented with a left inguinal mass.’
- ‘Alkalizing beverages are highly effective in preventing the recurrence of calcium oxalate, uric acid and cystine lithiasis.’
- ‘Using the helical CT scan as the standard, the authors calculated the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values and accuracy of microscopic- or dipstick-positive hematuria with regard to renal lithiasis.’
- ‘The patient described in this report had every major complication of Caroli disease, including recurrent cholangitis, liver abscess, biliary lithiasis, and cholangiocarcinoma.’
Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin, based on Greek lithos ‘stone’.
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