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[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
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[ih-skee-mik, -skem-ik] /ɪˈski mɪk, -ˈskɛm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ischemic
  • There are two major types of stroke: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.
  • ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.
  • Leg pain that continues when lying down is called ischemic rest pain.
  • Smoking increases both hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke risk.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke is less common but more frequently deadly than ischemic stroke.
  • Among adults, ischemic heart disease is the predominant cause of arrest.
  • A transient ischemic attack leaves little to no permanent damage within the brain.
  • When the myocardium becomes ischemic, it does not function optimally.
ischemic 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.
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