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or is·chae·mi·a

noun Pathology.
  1. local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow.
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Origin of ischemia

1855–60; < Greek ísch(ein) to suppress, check + -emia
Related formsis·che·mic [ih-skee-mik, -skem-ik] /ɪˈski mɪk, -ˈskɛm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ischaemia



  1. pathol an inadequate supply of blood to an organ or part, as from an obstructed blood flow
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Derived Formsischaemic or ischemic (ɪˈskɛmɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek iskhein to restrict, + -emia
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Word Origin and History for ischaemia


also ischemia, 1866 (but as far back as 1660s in form ischaimes), from medical Latin ischaemia, from ischaemus "stopping blood," from Greek iskhaimos "stanching or stopping of blood," from iskhein "to hold" + haima "blood" (see -emia). Related: Ischemic.

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ischaemia in Medicine


  1. A decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ, tissue, or part caused by constriction or obstruction of the blood vessels.
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Related formsi•schemic adj.
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