ischemic stroke

noun

Definition of ischemic stroke

: stroke caused by the narrowing or blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain

Note: Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke. Obstruction of a blood vessel supplying the brain results either from a clot that has traveled in the blood from another part of the body (an embolism) or from a clot that has formed in place (a thrombus).

— compare hemorrhagic stroke

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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27 Apr 2020

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“Ischemic stroke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ischemic%20stroke. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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ischemic stroke

noun

Medical Definition of ischemic stroke

: stroke caused by the narrowing or blockage of a blood vessel supplying the brain

Note: Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke. Obstruction of a blood vessel supplying the brain results either from a clot that has traveled in the blood from another part of the body (embolism) or from a clot that has formed in place (thrombus).

— compare hemorrhagic stroke

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