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infarct

[ in-fahrkt, in-fahrkt ]
/ ˈɪnˌfɑrkt, ɪnˈfɑrkt /
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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.
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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

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

infarct
/ (ɪnˈfɑːkt) /

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

Derived forms of infarct

infarcted, adjective

Word Origin for infarct

C19: via New Latin from Latin infarctus stuffed into, from farcīre to stuff
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Medical definitions for infarct

infarct
[ ĭnfärkt′, ĭn-färkt ]

n.
An area of tissue that undergoes necrosis as a result of obstruction of local blood supply, as by a thrombus or an embolus.

Other words from infarct

in•farcted adj.
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Scientific definitions for infarct

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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