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.

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The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration has told lawmakers there were no systemic problems with the qualifications of key agency staff who helped establish pilot-training mandates for Boeing Co.’s grounded 737 MAX jet. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Disputes Allegations of Staffers’ Lapses on 737 MAX Training," 5 Apr. 2019 In the Washington Post, Ahed’s cousin Nour detailed the systemic abuses Palestinian minors face in Israeli prisons after being there herself. Rawan Eewshah, Teen Vogue, "Fighting for Palestine Is Never Easy — Even With Privilege Like Mine," 24 Apr. 2018 Prospective patients might ordinarily view physicians and pharmacists with a suspicion borne of years of systemic abuses, Mills said. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Take a little off the top: How visits to the barbershop helped reduce blood pressure in African American men," 13 Mar. 2018 What’s more, the fashion industry’s current rhetoric on sustainability might actually impede systemic overhaul more anything else. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Climate Change Protests Disrupt London Fashion Week," 18 Feb. 2019 Durkan said the changes eliminated systemic problems in the old appeal process. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Federal judge expands his inquiry into overturning of Seattle police officer’s firing," 11 Dec. 2018 This is still placing more value on a man who abused his position of power than on the survivors fighting for justice and systemic changes. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "CBS exec’s downfall shows the power – and limits – of #MeToo," 11 Sep. 2018 The university, which has been struggling with black students not feeling welcome on campus, decided last month to attempt to reckon with its race relations history through systemic changes and education. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "KKK controversy at UW-Madison heats up, with family of prestigious alumnus upset by accusation of racism," 10 May 2018 But there are systemic changes that need to occur (in how people) can get to those power positions. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Tracee Ellis Ross talks directing 'Black-ish,' Time's Up and dancing in a Drake video," 16 Apr. 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

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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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