[in-fahrkt, in-fahrkt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. infantine,
  2. infantry,
  3. infantry fighting vehicle,
  4. infantryman,
  5. infants' school,
  6. infarction,
  7. infare,
  8. infatigable,
  9. infatuate,
  10. infatuated

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

Related formsin·farct·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 embolusAlso called: infarction
Derived Formsinfarcted, adjective

Word Origin for infarct

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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Medicine definitions for infarct


[ĭnfärkt′, 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.
Related formsin•farcted adj.

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Science definitions for infarct


[ĭnfärkt′, 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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