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systole

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noun sys·to·le \ˈsis-tə-(ˌ)lē\

Definition of systole

  1. :  a rhythmically recurrent contraction; especially :  the contraction of the heart by which the blood is forced onward and the circulation kept up

sys·tol·ic play \sis-ˈtä-lik\ adjective


Origin of systole

Greek systolē, from systellein to contract, from syn- + stellein to send


First Known Use: 1578


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systole

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noun sys·to·le \ˈsis-tə-(ˌ)lē\

Medical Definition of systole

  1. :  the contraction of the heart by which the blood is forced onward and the circulation kept up—compare diastole 1

  2. sys·tol·ic \sis-ˈtäl-ik\play adjective




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