from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ, tissue, or part caused by constriction or obstruction of the blood vessels.

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  • n. Local disturbance in blood circulation due to mechanical obstruction of the blood supply (vasoconstriction, thrombosis or embolism).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, local anemia produced by vasoconstriction or by other local obstacles to the arterial flow.

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  • n. local anemia in a given body part sometimes resulting from vasoconstriction or thrombosis or embolism


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin ischaemia, from Greek iskhaimos, a stopping of the blood : iskhein, to keep back; see segh- in Indo-European roots + haima, blood.

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From Ancient Greek ἴσχω, ἰσχάνω ("to hold") + αἷμα (haima, "blood").


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