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diastole

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noun di·as·to·le \dī-ˈas-tə-(ˌ)lē\

Definition of diastole

  1. :  a rhythmically recurrent expansion; especially :  the dilatation of the cavities of the heart during which they fill with blood

di·a·stol·ic play \ˌdī-ə-ˈstä-lik\ adjective


Origin of diastole

Greek diastolē dilatation, from diastellein to expand, from dia- + stellein to prepare, send


First Known Use: circa 1578


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diastole

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noun di·as·to·le \dī-ˈas-tə-(ˌ)lē\

Medical Definition of diastole

  1. 1:  the passive rhythmical expansion or dilation of the cavities of the heart during which they fill with blood—compare systole

  2. 2:  the rhythmical expansion of a pulsating vacuole (as of an ameba)

  3. di·a·stol·ic \ˌdī-ə-ˈstäl-ik\play adjective




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