One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body, especially the heart muscles.
- ‘In the lower extremities, arteriosclerosis causes ischemia of the calf muscles during ambulation.’
- ‘Local factors include the presence of foreign bodies, tissue maceration, ischaemia, and infection.’
- ‘If a person is having low blood flow or ischemia of the heart, we would treat that.’
- ‘In critical leg ischemia, blood flow is inadequate to meet the metabolic demands of the limb even at rest.’
- ‘Although this may be secondary to sudden decompensation of chronic heart failure, myocardial ischemia is also common.’
- ‘In fact even with the improved blood supply, the heart goes into ischaemia again.’
Late 19th century (denoting the staunching of bleeding): modern Latin, from Greek iskhaimos ‘stopping blood’, from iskhein ‘keep back’ + haima ‘blood’.
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