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artifact

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[ahr-tuh-fakt]
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noun
  1. any object made by human beings, especially with a view to subsequent use.
  2. a handmade object, as a tool, or the remains of one, as a shard of pottery, characteristic of an earlier time or cultural stage, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation.
  3. any mass-produced, usually inexpensive object reflecting contemporary society or popular culture: artifacts of the pop rock generation.
  4. a substance or structure not naturally present in the matter being observed but formed by artificial means, as during preparation of a microscope slide.
  5. a spurious observation or result arising from preparatory or investigative procedures.
  6. any feature that is not naturally present but is a product of an extrinsic agent, method, or the like: statistical artifacts that make the inflation rate seem greater than it is.
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Origin of artifact

1815–25; variant of artefact < Latin phrase arte factum (something) made with skill. See art1, fact
Related formsar·ti·fac·tu·al [ahr-tuh-fak-choo-uh l] /ˌɑr təˈfæk tʃu əl/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Hence it is extremely difficult to distinguish what is preformed, and what is artefact.

    Histology of the Blood

    Paul Ehrlich


British Dictionary definitions for artefact

artefact

artifact

noun
  1. something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest
  2. anything man-made, such as a spurious experimental result
  3. cytology a structure seen in tissue after death, fixation, staining, etc, that is not normally present in the living tissue
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make

artifact

noun
  1. a variant spelling of artefact
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Word Origin and History for artefact

n.

older and alternative spelling of artifact (n.). Related: Artefactual; artefactually.

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artifact

n.

1821, artefact, "anything made by human art," from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte "by skill" (ablative of ars "art;" see art (n.)) + factum "thing made," from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The spelling with -i- is by 1884, by influence of the Latin stem. Archaeological application dates from 1890.

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artefact in Medicine

artefact

(ärtə-făkt′)
n.
  1. Variant ofartifact

artifact

Related formsar′ti•fac•titious (-făk-tĭshəs) null adj.

artefact in Science

artifact