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[in-fahrk-shuh n]
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noun Pathology.
  1. the formation of an infarct.
  2. an infarct.
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Origin of infarction

First recorded in 1680–90; infarct + -ion
Related formspost·in·farc·tion, adjective
Can be confusedinfarction infraction
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  • Hence the infarction becomes the most characteristically developed in such organs as the lungs and spleen.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


British Dictionary definitions for infarction


  1. the formation or development of an infarct
  2. another word for infarct
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Word Origin and History for infarction


1680s, noun of action from Latin infarcire (see infarct).

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infarction in Medicine


  1. The formation or development of an infarct.
  2. An infarct.
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