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noun ar·ti·fact \ˈär-ti-ˌfakt\

Simple Definition of artifact

  • : a simple object (such as a tool or weapon) that was made by people in the past

  • : an accidental effect that causes incorrect results

Full Definition of artifact

  1. 1 a :  something created by humans usually for a practical purpose; especially :  an object remaining from a particular period <caves containing prehistoric artifacts> b :  something characteristic of or resulting from a particular human institution, period, trend, or individual <self-consciousness … turns out to be an artifact of our education system — Times Literary Supplement>

  2. 2 :  a product of artificial character (as in a scientific test) due usually to extraneous (as human) agency

ar·ti·fac·tu·alplay \ˌär-ti-ˈfak-chə(-wə)l, -ˈfak-shwəl, -chü-əl\ adjective

Examples of artifact

  1. The caves contained many prehistoric artifacts.

  2. an artifact from the Colonial period



Origin of artifact

Latin arte by skill (abl. of art-, ars skill) + factum, neuter of factus, past participle of facere to do — more at arm, do


First Known Use: 1821


Medical Dictionary

artifact

noun ar·ti·fact

Medical Definition of artifact

  1. 1:  a product of artificial character due to extraneous (as human) agency; specifically :  a product or formation in a microscopic preparation of a fixed tissue or cell that is caused by manipulation or reagents and is not indicative of actual structural relationships

  2. 2:  an electrocardiographic and electroencephalographic wave that arises from sources other than the heart or brain

  3. ar·ti·fac·tu·al or chiefly British ar·te·fac·tu·al \ˌärt-ə-ˈfak-chə(-wə)l, -ˈfaksh-wəl\play adjective



Variants of artifact

or chiefly British ar·te·fact \ˈärt-ə-ˌfakt\play


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