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[in-fahrkt, in-fahrkt]
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noun Pathology.
  1. 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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for infarct


  1. a localized area of dead tissue (necrosis) resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to that part, esp by an embolusAlso called: infarction
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Derived Formsinfarcted, 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


(ĭnfärkt′, ĭn-färkt)
  1. An area of tissue that undergoes necrosis as a result of obstruction of local blood supply, as by a thrombus or an embolus.
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Related formsin•farcted adj.
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infarct in Science


[ĭnfärkt′, ĭn-färkt]
  1. 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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