extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy
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extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy[‚ek·strə·kȯr¦pȯr·ē·əl ¦shäk‚wāv ′lith·ə‚trip·sē]
A treatment for renal calculi (kidney stones) in which powerful ultrasonic shock waves are focused on the stones, thereby breaking them into small fragments that can be excreted, thus avoiding surgery. Also known as lithotripsy.
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