mini·​stroke ˈmi-nē-ˌstrōk How to pronounce ministroke (audio)
variants or mini-stroke

Examples of ministroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Morris attributes it to cerebrovascular disease — what others call ministrokes. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 In March, the model, 25, had a ministroke after a blood clot traveled from her heart to her brain. Brianne Tracy,, 22 June 2022 She was hospitalized on Day 31, developed a lung infection and septic shock on Day 36 and had a ministroke on Day 40. John Fauber and Coulter Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 But strokes and ministrokes (also called transient ischemic attacks) can occur in people as young as 45 and are rising in people between the ages of 50 and 65, according to the Texas Medical Center. Julie Garcia, Houston Chronicle, 22 July 2019 After suffering a ministroke, Siete decided to retire from his courthouse job in 2005, his wife said. Bob Goldsborough,, 17 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ministroke was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Ministroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or mini-stroke
: transient ischemic attack
Old people are particularly vulnerable because their arteries are often partly-blocked and they may already have had a number of ministrokes.Philip E. Ross, Forbes
A person with clinical disease has already suffered a heart attack or stroke or has such outward signs of disease as angina pectoris (chest pains that indicate the heart cannot get enough oxygen-rich blood) or transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes resulting from momentary interruptions of blood flow to the brain).The New York Times
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