Meaning of lithotomy in English:


Pronunciation /lɪˈθɒtəmi/


mass noun
  • Surgical removal of a calculus (stone) from the bladder, kidney, or urinary tract.

    ‘Early Hindu surgeons performed advanced eye operations and practised lithotomy (surgical removal of a stone from the urinary tract) and plastic surgery.’
    • ‘In passing, until the advent of anaesthetics and antisepsis about 200 years later, the only internal operation generally undertaken was removal of bladder stones, or lithotomy as it was called.’
    • ‘Cheselden at St Thomas's introduced the keeping of accurate records that enabled him to analyse the morbidity and mortality of his lithotomy operation for bladder stones.’


Mid 17th century via late Latin from Greek lithotomia(see litho-, -tomy).