systemic

adjective
sys·​tem·​ic | \si-ˈste-mik \

Definition of systemic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or common to a system: such as

a : affecting the body generally

b : supplying those parts of the body that receive blood through the aorta rather than through the pulmonary artery

c : of, relating to, or being a pesticide that as used is harmless to the plant or higher animal but when absorbed into its sap or bloodstream makes the entire organism toxic to pests (such as an insect or fungus)

systemic

noun

Definition of systemic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a systemic pesticide

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Other Words from systemic

Adjective

systemically \ si-​ˈste-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of systemic in a Sentence

Adjective

The company made some systemic changes to the way it operated. The problem seems to be systemic.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ableism and inaccessibility are systemic issues that disabled people grapple with on a daily basis. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "I Rely On Closed Captions to Enjoy a Show And I Don't Appreciate Netflix's Way of Censoring Them," 10 July 2018 According to Marko, who is representing the plaintiffs in all three cases, there is a systemic issue of student abuse in the Detroit area. Jessica Spitz /, NBC News, "Security footage shows assistant principal slamming Detroit boy to ground," 6 July 2018 Officials at the Lake Bluff Park District, which operates the 50-year-old golf club, revealed in recent months the course might have to be closed due to systemic financial issues. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "A Lake Bluff golf course needs private funding to stay open. Local golfers are doing all they can to make it happen.," 3 July 2018 The good news is that there are many ways to help people directly, while also working to change the systemic issues that create injustice in the world. Amnesty International Usa, Teen Vogue, "How to Pursue a Career That Helps People Directly," 22 June 2018 In addition to the nausea and vomiting, scientists speculate appetite loss is also due to systemic stress that throws off the hormones that regulate hunger. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "What Happens to Your Body When You Climb Everest," 11 June 2018 In a statement, the hospital said a review of two recent patient deaths didn't identify systemic problems with the program. CBS News, "Texas hospital's heart transplant program resumes after 2-week suspension," 15 June 2018 The audit concluded child welfare officials recognized systemic problems but failed for years to fix them. Molly Young, OregonLive.com, "Changes for Oregon's struggling foster care system: Longtime manager will be replaced," 11 May 2018 Rates of obesity and diabetes — and resulting amputations — remain high in San Antonio, with systemic problems such as low access to care going beyond the control of a twice-a-year event. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Síclovía wraps up Tricentennial Commemorative Week with mission-themed route," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of systemic

Adjective

1803, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of systemic was in 1803

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systemic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of systemic

: of or relating to an entire system

medical : of, relating to, or affecting the entire body

systemic

adjective
sys·​tem·​ic | \si-ˈste-mik \

Kids Definition of systemic

: of or relating to the body as a whole systemic disease

systemic

adjective
sys·​tem·​ic | \sis-ˈtem-ik \

Medical Definition of systemic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or common to a system: as

a : affecting the body generally — compare local

b : supplying those parts of the body that receive blood through the aorta rather than through the pulmonary artery

c : being a pesticide that as used is harmless to a higher animal or a plant but when absorbed into the bloodstream or the sap makes the whole organism toxic to pests (as cattle grubs, mites, or aphids)

Other Words from systemic

systemically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

systemic

noun

Medical Definition of systemic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a systemic pesticide

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