systemic

adjective
sys·​tem·​ic | \ si-ˈste-mik How to pronounce systemic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce systemically (audio) \ 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

Try one of the systemic insecticides found at your garden center. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Divide amaryllis bulbs at any time — but fall might be best," 15 June 2019 But a new review of police behavior on Facebook documents the systemic nature of the conduct across several departments. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Three ways YouTube could fight harassment," 6 June 2019 Chemokines can cause tissue swelling, blood vessel dilation—manifesting as sunburn redness—pain, and even a few systemic symptoms. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "9 Soothing Products People Swear By for Sunburn Relief," 25 May 2019 But Roberts points to another, perhaps more systemic factor that could be changed: the centralized Ebola facilities. Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic, "The world's second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging. Here's why.," 24 May 2019 The new executive order is the oil industry’s wish come true The Deepwater Horizon disaster showed that there were systemic failures in the offshore oil industry that came to a head on that day eight years ago. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The BP oil spill led to new protections for US waters. Trump repealed them.," 22 June 2018 Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pilot of Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight Reported Control Problems Shortly After Takeoff," 13 Mar. 2019 The real issue with the 2008 crisis was that the problems were systemic within the financial system and, more importantly, the issues were global. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "This Miami man created the Florida prepaid college plan. He also owned Studio 54.," 2 July 2018 Park district officials have said the financial problems are systemic due to declining revenues and high operating costs, in addition to 21 other courses being within a 10-mile radius. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "The Lake Bluff Golf Club's future is in doubt, unless private funds can be raised to keep it running," 6 June 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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systemic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of systemic

formal : of or relating to an entire system
medical : of, relating to, or affecting the entire body

systemic

adjective
sys·​tem·​ic | \ si-ˈste-mik How to pronounce systemic (audio) \

Kids Definition of systemic

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

systemic

adjective
sys·​tem·​ic | \ sis-ˈtem-ik How to pronounce systemic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce systemically (audio) \ adverb

systemic

noun

Medical Definition of systemic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a systemic pesticide

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