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

Jupiter’s expansive energy will feed off of Sagittarius’s wildfire, encouraging us to find real solutions to systemic problems. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's November Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 28 Oct. 2018 This is a systemic problem, given the slim chances of someone making it to the professional level and the potential risks involved in a sport like football when it's viewed as a way out of poverty. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "A High School Football Star Wasn't Allowed to Play Because He Was Homeless. But Now He's Back on the Field," 2 Oct. 2018 Because the truth is, what the #MeToo movement has revealed is a systemic problem. Abigail Libers, Glamour, "I’m Sick of Female Journalists Cleaning Up the Messes Their Male Co-Workers Made," 14 Sep. 2018 Microsoft has denied throughout the case that systemic gender discrimination is taking place within its employee reviews, which determine who gets promoted and who gets raises. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Judge blocks effort to expand Microsoft gender bias case to thousands of women," 25 June 2018 To incels, taking the red pill means waking up to a reality in which men -- not women -- are victims of systemic discrimination. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "The Toronto suspect apparently posted about an 'incel rebellion.' Here's what that means," 25 Apr. 2018 Women, in general, often struggle to start their businesses due to systemic discrimination. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "To revitalize poor suburbs, Paris taps underused resource: women entrepreneurs," 15 Mar. 2018 These gains coincide with a rising awareness of systemic discrimination and abuse within the business, and a growing willingness to speak out against Hollywood’s power imbalance. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Female directors from 'Jessica Jones' and more are leading the charge on TV like never before," 9 Mar. 2018 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

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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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