[ ahr-tuh-fakt ]
/ ˈɑr təˌfækt /
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verb (used with object)

Digital Technology. to introduce a visible or audible anomaly in (an image or audio file) during the processing or transmission of digital data: Compression may artifact your recording with clicking or echoing sounds.The video appears to be heavily artifacted.



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Also especially British, ar·te·fact .

Origin of artifact

First recorded in 1815–25; variant of artefact (a spelling first recorded in 1625–50 ) from Latin phrase arte factum “(something) made with skill.” See art1, fact
ar·ti·fac·tu·al [ahr-tuh-fak-choo-uhl], /ˌɑr təˈfæk tʃu əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for artifact

/ (ˈɑːtɪˌfækt) /


a variant spelling of artefact
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Medical definitions for artifact



A structure or substance not normally present but produced by an external agent or action, such as a structure seen in a microscopic specimen after fixation that is not present in the living tissue.
A skin lesion produced or perpetuated by self-inflicted action.
ar′ti•fac•titious (-făk-tĭshəs) null adj.
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Scientific definitions for artifact


An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest.
An artificial product or effect observed in a natural system, especially one introduced by the technology used in scientific investigation or by experimental error.
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