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also ar·te·fact  (är′tə-făkt′)
1. An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest.
2. Something viewed as a product of human conception or agency rather than an inherent element: "Morality is an artifact of human culture, devised to help us negotiate social relations" (Michael Pollan).
3. A phenomenon or feature not originally present or expected and caused by an interfering external agent, action, or process, as an unwanted feature in a microscopic specimen after fixation, in a digitally reproduced image, or in a digital audio recording.
4. An inaccurate observation, effect, or result, especially one resulting from the technology used in scientific investigation or from experimental error: The apparent pattern in the data was an artifact of the collection method.

[Latin arte, ablative of ars, art; see art1 + factum, something made (from neuter past participle of facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).]

ar′ti·fac′tu·al (-făk′cho͝o-əl) adj.
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a variant of artefactual
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It is of paramount importance to note that this sparkling behavior was observed as a characteristic of the reflectors in the live, intact whole animals, as well as in the dissected tissues, thus excluding the possibility that it might have been induced artifactually as a result of bleeding or leakage of fluid caused by dissection.
Of course, such cross-sectional age differences must be interpreted with caution, as differential mortality of problem drinkers and secular changes in prevalence rates could artifactually create the appearance of a developmental age gradient.
Coates, "Artifactually elevated serum bicarbonate results caused by elevated serum lactate dehydrogenase concentrations," Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, vol.
El Miron Level 17, excavated in the Outer Vestibule excavation area of the site, is at least roughly equivalent to similarly thick, artifactually and faunally rich strata of the same radiocarbon age and similar artifact contents in the middle and rear of the cave vestibule.
Artifactually increased serum bicarbonate values have been reported in cases of rhabdomyolysis in horses and cattle.
And Hanley and colleagues offer a chilling catalogue of the ways that minimally invasive uterine surgery can artifactually "upstage" tumors of the corpus, such as by mechanically extruding neoplastic cells into the surrounding vasculature.
To minimize artifactually high CBF due to division by small numbers, the above calculation was limited to voxels containing at least 30% gray matter.
First, blood samples must be kept on ice followed by centrifugation within 30 min to minimize glycolysis and prevent artifactually low glucose concentrations (7).
Methylene blue and indocyanine green artifactually lower pulse oximetry readings of oxygen saturation.
On the other hand one of our concerns was pro-convulsant activity of aminophylline that artifactually may have contributed to the higher BIS scores in the aminophylline group.
Note that the magic angle effect may artifactually increase the signal of normal tendons oriented approximately 54 degrees in relation to the main magnetic field on sequences with a short time of echo, such as T1- and PD-weighted sequences.
The "hook effect": high concentration of prostate- specific antigen giving artifactually low value on one- step immunoassay.