Ischemia meaning

ĭ-skēmē-ə
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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A lack of blood supply in an organ or tissue.
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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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(pathology, cardiology) Local disturbance in blood circulation due to mechanical obstruction of the blood supply (vasoconstriction, thrombosis or embolism).
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Origin of ischemia

  • New Latin ischaemia from Greek iskhaimos a stopping of the blood iskhein to keep back segh- in Indo-European roots haima blood

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἴσχω (iskhō), ἰσχάνω (iskhanō, “to hold”) + αἷμα (haima, “blood”).

    From Wiktionary