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artefact or artifact (ˈɑːtɪˌfækt)
1.  something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest
2.  anything man-made, such as a spurious experimental result
3.  cytology a structure seen in tissue after death, fixation, staining, etc, that is not normally present in the living tissue
[C19: from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make]
artifact or artifact
[C19: from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make]

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alt. spelling of artifact (q.v.).
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Medical Dictionary

artefact ar·te·fact (är'tə-fākt')
Variant of artifact.

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artifact also artefact   (är'tə-fākt')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest.

  2. An artificial product or effect observed in a natural system, especially one introduced by the technology used in scientific investigation or by experimental error.

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Example sentences
Perhaps the biggest worry is that today's industrial-biotech boom is an artefact of the soaring price of oil.
Order an artefact from a virtual stockroom or simply dream one up.
Now the kilogram, the last artefact-based unit, awaits its turn.
Some scholars believe the law is a statistical artefact, bereft of economic meaning.
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