transient ischemic attack

noun

Definition of transient ischemic attack 

: a brief episode of cerebral ischemia that is usually characterized by temporary blurring of vision, slurring of speech, numbness, paralysis, or syncope and is often predictive of a serious stroke abbreviation TIA

called also ministroke

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According to the American Stroke Association, a transient ischemic attack is a temporary blockage of blood to the brain, caused by a clot or blockage and is sometimes referred to as a mini-stroke or warning stroke. Kim Chandler, The Seattle Times, "Alabama governor disputes assertion she had mini-stroke," 16 Oct. 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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transient ischemic attack

noun

Medical Definition of transient ischemic attack 

: a brief episode of cerebral ischemia that is usually characterized by temporary blurring of vision, slurring of speech, numbness, paralysis, or syncope and that is often predictive of a serious stroke abbreviation TIA

called also little stroke, ministroke

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