infarct

noun

in·​farct ˈin-ˌfärkt How to pronounce infarct (audio)
in-ˈfärkt
: an area of necrosis in a tissue or organ resulting from obstruction of the local circulation by a thrombus or embolus
infarcted adjective

Examples of infarct in a Sentence

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, 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, 7 Jan. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of infarct was in 1873

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“Infarct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infarct. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

infarct

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