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

If Beale Street Could Talk effectively highlights how systemic oppression affects black relationships and thwarts the power of black love. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "Meet KiKi Layne, the If Beale Street Could Talk Actress Everyone's Talking About," 27 Dec. 2018 Her latest novel, The Witch Elm, is about systemic power, about social privilege, and what happens when that privilege is taken away. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Chemo is usually a systemic treatment, which means the drugs go into your bloodstream to reach nearly all areas of your body. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Are My Options for Ovarian Cancer Treatment?," 13 Dec. 2018 These are all systemic issues that must be faced head on with demands for change. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving," 19 Nov. 2018 Beyond tech, there are similar examples in the finance industry’s coordination to fix systemic issues and avoid disaster. Danielle Tomson And, WSJ, "A Better Way to Regulate Social Media," 19 Aug. 2018 There is systemic violence that has led to a disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, many cases which have never been solved. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Films That Show How the U.S. Has Mistreated Native Americans and Alaska Natives," 22 Nov. 2018 But despite these systemic difficulties, management does control local policies and practices. Marie G. Mcintyre, The Seattle Times, "Struggling in the chaotic, stressful health-care workplace," 21 Nov. 2018 Type 1 of the disease is associated with systemic inflammation. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 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

: 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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