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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ar′ti-fakt


  1. Anything, especially in a histologic specimen or a graphic record, which is caused by the technique used and does not reflect the original specimen or experiment.
  2. A skin lesion produced or perpetuated by self-inflicted action, as in dermatitis artefacta.

Synonym(s): artefact

[L. ars, art, + facio, pp. factus, to make]

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