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

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Other Words from ischemia

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

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Decreased blood flow to the brain can create a myriad of health problems including brain ischemia, which can cause blindness, speaking impairments and unconsciousness. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Study: Your necktie could be reducing blood flow to your brain," 9 July 2018 During recovery, Malec developed ischemia of her limbs — a lack of blood supply to certain parts of the body, according to SWNS. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Mom has arm, fingers, both legs cut off after doctors failed to spot deadly disease," 11 Mar. 2018 This obstruction is referred to as capillary nonperfusion, or macular ischemia. Heather Napolitano,, "Struggling with vision loss, she finds new purpose in Philly's Foundation Fighting Blindness," 29 Sep. 2017

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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

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The first known use of ischemia was in 1855

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variants: or chiefly British ischaemia \ is-​ˈkē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce ischaemia (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 ischaemic (audio) \ adjective
ischemically or chiefly British ischaemically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ischaemically (audio) \ adverb

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