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 disposability of creative directors is a systemic industry-wide problem, no doubt. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Paul Surridge Is Out at Roberto Cavalli. What’s Next for the Italian Brand?," 25 Mar. 2019 Michael, Tampa, Fla. White people in our country are just beginning to grasp the awful history and current experience of people of color, and the active and passive roles played by white people in making and perpetuating their systemic advantages. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 6.17.18 Issue," 28 June 2018 Several people have told the City Council in recent weeks that the Clark shooting has exposed systemic inequality in the city. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "After Stephon Clark shooting, Sacramento devotes $500,000 more toward low-income kids | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Apr. 2018 From Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, roughly, protesters have marched on the capitals in almost 40 states, demanding an end to systemic inequality and the stigmatization of the poor. Matt Stieb, Daily Intelligencer, "The Return of the Poor People’s Campaign," 19 June 2018 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

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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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