is·​che·​mia | \ i-ˈskē-mē-ə How to pronounce ischemia (audio) \

Definition of ischemia

: deficient supply of blood to a body part (such as the heart or brain) that is due to obstruction of the inflow of arterial blood

Other Words from ischemia

ischemic \ i-​ˈskē-​mik How to pronounce ischemia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ischemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Severe ischemia can turn into ischemic colitis which causes inflammation of the colon and can cause ulcers. Kasandra Brabaw,, 28 Sep. 2021 Mesenteric ischemia is most common in elderly people who already have vascular diseases, Dr. Hoofnagle says, but this patient hadn’t yet hit middle age. Tara C. Smith, SELF, 23 Feb. 2022 Martinez’s voice has continued to mesmerize listeners over the past several decades, even after a cerebral ischemia in 2017 limited her speech and mobility. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 19 Jan. 2022 Multiple doctors have also raised concerns that Pitt's own definition of ischemia pointed to organs potentially being extracted from live fetuses – something Pitt has vehemently denied. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 22 Sep. 2021 As many reports have indicated, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, is associated with a risk of clotting complications such as acute limb ischemia, or ALI. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 12 Jan. 2022 Certain causes of chronic diarrhea like ischemia and inflammatory diseases can cause permanent damage to your bowel if untreated. Kasandra Brabaw,, 28 Sep. 2021 Cerebral ischemia can also lead to cerebral hypoxia. Korin Miller,, 12 Oct. 2021 Small bowel ischemia is a group of conditions that reduce blood flow to the small intestine, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Kasandra Brabaw,, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ischemia

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ischemia

New Latin ischaemia, from ischaemus styptic, from Greek ischaimos, from ischein to restrain (akin to Greek echein to hold) + haima blood — more at scheme entry 1

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12 Apr 2022

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“Ischemia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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variants: or chiefly British ischaemia \ is-​ˈkē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce ischemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of ischemia

: deficient supply of blood to a body part (as the heart or brain) that is due to obstruction of the inflow of arterial blood (as by the narrowing of arteries by spasm or disease)

Other Words from ischemia

ischemic or chiefly British ischaemic \ -​mik How to pronounce ischemia (audio) \ adjective
ischemically or chiefly British ischaemically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ischemia (audio) \ adverb

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