[ in-fahrkt, in-fahrkt ]
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  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.

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

Other words from infarct

  • in·farct·ed, adjective

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How to use infarct in a sentence

  • The arteries of the heart are not terminal vessels but as a rule blocking of a large branch leads to anemic infarct.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: | Louis Marshall Warfield

British Dictionary definitions for infarct


/ (ɪnˈfɑːkt) /

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

Origin of infarct

C19: via New Latin from Latin infarctus stuffed into, from farcīre to stuff

Derived forms of infarct

  • infarcted, adjective

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Scientific definitions for infarct


[ 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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