What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[ih-skee-mee-uh] /ɪˈski mi ə/
noun, Pathology
local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow.
Origin of ischemia
1855-60; < Greek ísch(ein) to suppress, check + -emia
Related forms
[ih-skee-mik, -skem-ik] /ɪˈski mɪk, -ˈskɛm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ischemia
  • Surgeons placed me in a coma for several days following mesenteric ischemia.
  • In this case, because of the distance involved, the ischemia time would be about five hours.
  • Such oxygen deprivation in vital cells is called ischemia.
  • Intestinal ischemia is a serious complication of mesenteric venous thrombosis.
  • They can also happen with ischemia caused by a decrease in blood supply to the heart.
  • ischemia means the deficiency of oxygen in vital tissues.
  • ischemia is the medical term for insufficient blood flow to tissues.
British Dictionary definitions for ischemia


(pathol) an inadequate supply of blood to an organ or part, as from an obstructed blood flow
Derived Forms
ischaemic, ischemic (ɪˈskɛmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek iskhein to restrict, + -emia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
ischemia in Medicine

ischemia is·che·mi·a (ĭ-skē'mē-ə)
A decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ, tissue, or part caused by constriction or obstruction of the blood vessels.

i·sche'mic adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ischemia

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ischemia

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ischemia