- a localized area of tissue, as in the heart or kidney, that is dying or dead, having been deprived of its blood supply because of an obstruction by embolism or thrombosis.
- a localized area of dead tissue (necrosis) resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to that part, esp by an embolusAlso called: infarction
1873, from medical Latin infarctus (Latin infartus), past participle of infarcire “to stuff into,” from in- + farcire “to stuff” (see farce).
- An area of tissue that undergoes necrosis as a result of obstruction of local blood supply, as by a thrombus or an embolus.
- An area of living tissue that undergoes necrosis as a result of obstruction of local blood supply, as by a thrombus. See also heart attack stroke.