in·​farct | \ ˈin-ˌfärkt How to pronounce infarct (audio) , in-ˈfärkt \

Definition of infarct

: an area of necrosis in a tissue or organ resulting from obstruction of the local circulation by a thrombus or embolus

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infarcted \ in-​ˈfärk-​təd How to pronounce infarcted (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web People with higher blood pressure across the study period tended to have more brain lesions, known as infarcts, which are areas of dead brain tissue that have lost their blood supply. Alice Park, Time, "This Surprising Factor May Raise Your Risk of Alzheimer’s," 11 July 2018 Before deciding to prescribe blood pressure medication, doctors are supposed to use an online calculator to compute a person's risk over the next 10 years of a cardiovascular event such as a stroke or myocardial infarct. Erin N. Marcus, Washington Post, "Will the new blood pressure guidelines lead to ‘overzealous medication’?," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of infarct

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infarct

Latin infarctus, past participle of infarcire to stuff, from in- + farcire to stuff

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The first known use of infarct was in 1873

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“Infarct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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in·​farct | \ ˈin-ˌfärkt, in-ˈ How to pronounce infarct (audio) \

Medical Definition of infarct

: an area of necrosis in a tissue or organ resulting from obstruction of the local circulation by a thrombus or embolus

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