Definition of lithotripter in US English:

lithotripter

noun

Surgery
  • See lithotripsy

    • ‘For more than a decade, the group has been developing versions of ultrasonic devices, known as lithotripters, for destroying mineral stones that can form in the kidney and gall bladder.’
    • ‘Large or hard stones can be crushed with a mechanical lithotripter.’
    • ‘Another method that may be applicable is the use of shock waves generated by extracorporeal lithotripters or lasers.’
    • ‘Maybe the atropine, lithotriptors and triggers are for something else entirely.’
    • ‘They were delighted when they were able to break up the stone with the electrohydraulic lithotriptor.’

Pronunciation

lithotripter

/-ˌtriptər/