Definition of ischaemia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(North American English ischemia noun
BrE BrE//ɪˈskiːmiə//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskiːmiə//
[uncountable] (medical)
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the situation when the supply of blood to an organ or part of the body, especially the heart muscles, is less than is needed Word Originlate 19th cent. (denoting the staunching of bleeding): modern Latin, from Greek iskhaimos ‘stopping blood’, from iskhein ‘keep back’ + haima ‘blood’.