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Infarct \In*farct"\, n. [See Infarce.]

  1. (Med.) An obstruction or embolus in one of the blood vessels.

  2. (Med.) The morbid condition of a limited area resulting from such obstruction; also, the localized necrotic (dead) tissue resulting from such obstruction; as, a hemorrhagic infarct.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1873, from medical Latin infarctus (Latin infartus), past participle of infarcire "to stuff into," from in- + farcire “to stuff” (see farce).


n. (context pathology English) An area of dead tissue caused by a loss of blood supply; a localized necrosis.


n. localized necrosis resulting from obstruction of the blood supply [syn: infarction]

Usage examples of "infarct".

This, of course, led me to suspect an infarct or renitency elsewhere than the womb.

Part of the gut was infarcted where the cocaine had closed down the blood supply.

Studying an other EKG, Jason had the feeling that the infarcted area of the heart was expanding.

I wasn't going to send fingernail clippings to trace evidence, for example, if the decedent was an eighty year-old man who died of a myocardial infarct while cutting his grass.