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Definition of Calculus

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Calculus: A stone, as in the urinary tract, or calcium salt deposits on the teeth. In Latin, the word calculus means 'a pebble.' Pebbles were once used for counting, from which came the mathematical field of calculus.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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