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or ischaemia

[ih-skee-mee-uh] /ɪˈski mi ə/
noun, Pathology.
local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow.
Origin of ischemia
1855-60; < Greek ísch(ein) to suppress, check + -emia
Related forms
[ih-skee-mik, -skem-ik] /ɪˈski mɪk, -ˈskɛm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ischaemia


(pathol) an inadequate supply of blood to an organ or part, as from an obstructed blood flow
Derived Forms
ischaemic, ischemic (ɪˈskɛmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek iskhein to restrict, + -emia
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Word Origin and History for ischaemia

also ischemia, 1866 (but as far back as 1660s in form ischaimes), from medical Latin ischaemia, from ischaemus "stopping blood," from Greek iskhaimos "stanching or stopping of blood," from iskhein "to hold" + haima "blood" (see -emia). Related: Ischemic.

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ischaemia in Medicine

ischemia is·che·mi·a (ĭ-skē'mē-ə)
A decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ, tissue, or part caused by constriction or obstruction of the blood vessels.

i·sche'mic adj.
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