Share this entry

Share this page

ischemia

Syllabification: is·che·mi·a
Pronunciation: /isˈkēmēə
 
/
(British ischaemia)

Definition of ischemia in English:

noun

Medicine
An inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body, especially the heart muscles.
Example sentences
  • If a person is having low blood flow or ischemia of the heart, we would treat that.
  • Although this may be secondary to sudden decompensation of chronic heart failure, myocardial ischemia is also common.
  • In the lower extremities, arteriosclerosis causes ischemia of the calf muscles during ambulation.

Origin

late 19th century (denoting the stanching of bleeding): modern Latin, from Greek iskhaimos 'stopping blood', from iskhein 'keep back' + haima 'blood'.

Derivatives

ischemic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Aspirin is used in many patients with heart failure caused by ischemic cardiomyopathy.
  • Many people with ischaemic heart disease or diabetes have systolic dysfunction or heart failure.
  • In clinical trials, about three women in 1,000 developed ischemic colitis over six months.

Definition of ischemia in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day reciprocity
Pronunciation: ˌresəˈpräsədē
noun
exchanging things with others for mutual benefit…