a localized area of tissue, as in the heart or kidney, that is dying or dead, having been deprived of its blood supply because of an obstruction by embolism or thrombosis.
Origin: 1870–75; < Neo-Latininfarctus, noun use of past participle of Latininfarcīre (variant of infercīre) to stuff, equivalent to in-in-2 + farc(īre) to stuff, fill (see farce) + -tus past participle suffix
infarct [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (ĭn'färkt', ĭn-färkt') Pronunciation Key
An area of living tissue that undergoes necrosis as a result of obstruction of local blood supply, as by a thrombus. See also heart attack, stroke.