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[in-fahrkt, in-fahrkt] /ˈɪnˌfɑrkt, ɪnˈfɑrkt/
noun, Pathology.
a localized area of tissue, as in the heart or kidney, that is dying or dead, having been deprived of its blood supply because of an obstruction by embolism or thrombosis.
Origin of infarct
1870-75; < New Latin infarctus, noun use of past participle of Latin infarcīre (variant of infercīre) to stuff, equivalent to in- in-2 + farc(īre) to stuff, fill (see farce) + -tus past participle suffix
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infarcted, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for infarct


a localized area of dead tissue (necrosis) resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to that part, esp by an embolus Also called infarction
Derived Forms
infarcted, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Latin infarctus stuffed into, from farcīre to stuff
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Word Origin and History for infarct

1873, from medical Latin infarctus (Latin infartus), past participle of infarcire "to stuff into," from in- + farcire "to stuff" (see farce).

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infarct in Medicine

infarct in·farct (ĭn'färkt', ĭn-färkt')
An area of tissue that undergoes necrosis as a result of obstruction of local blood supply, as by a thrombus or an embolus.

in·farct'ed adj.
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infarct in Science
  (ĭn'färkt', ĭn-färkt')   
An area of living tissue that undergoes necrosis as a result of obstruction of local blood supply, as by a thrombus. See also heart attack, stroke.

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