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[in-fahrk-shuh n] /ɪnˈfɑrk ʃən/
noun, Pathology
the formation of an infarct.
an infarct.
1680-90; infarct + -ion
Related forms
postinfarction, adjective
Can be confused
infarction, infraction. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for infarction


the formation or development of an infarct
another word for infarct
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Word Origin and History for infarction

1680s, noun of action from Latin infarcire (see infarct).

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infarction in Medicine

infarction in·farc·tion (ĭn-färk'shən)

  1. The formation or development of an infarct.

  2. An infarct.

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Encyclopedia Article for infarction

death of tissue resulting from a failure of blood supply, commonly due to obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot or narrowing of the blood-vessel channel. The dead tissue is called an infarct. Myocardial infarction (heart attack)-death of a section of heart muscle-results from obstruction of a coronary artery; the condition often accompanies coronary thrombosis. Infarctions may also occur in the lungs (pulmonary infarction) and the brain (see stroke)

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