- 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.
Origin of infarct
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- a localized area of dead tissue (necrosis) resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to that part, esp by an embolusAlso called: infarction
C19: via New Latin from Latin infarctus stuffed into, from farcīre to stuff
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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