or is·chae·mi·a

[ ih-skee-mee-uh ]
/ ɪˈski mi ə /

noun Pathology.

local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow.

Origin of ischemia

1855–60; < Greek ísch(ein) to suppress, check + -emia

Related forms

is·che·mic [ih-skee-mik, -skem-ik] /ɪˈski mɪk, -ˈskɛm ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ischaemia



/ (ɪˈskiːmɪə) /


pathol an inadequate supply of blood to an organ or part, as from an obstructed blood flow

Derived Forms

ischaemic or ischemic (ɪˈskɛmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ischaemia

C19: from Greek iskhein to restrict, + -emia
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Medicine definitions for ischaemia


[ ĭ-skēmē-ə ]


A decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ, tissue, or part caused by constriction or obstruction of the blood vessels.

Related forms

i•schemic adj.
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