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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This week, the academic journal Plos One published a study conclusively showing that the systemic use of pesticides in American agriculture has led to the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CDD. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Honeyland Is a Stinging Allegory for Man-Made Disaster," 9 Aug. 2019 Many of these lingering effects stem from the fact that neonics are systemic insecticides. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Toxic Pesticides Are Driving Insect ‘Apocalypse’ in the U.S., Study Warns," 7 Aug. 2019 South’s correct systemic rebid is two clubs on his cheaper three-card minor. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: Aug. 4, 2019," 4 Aug. 2019 Of course, these topical sorts of treatments are best used alongside systemic medications, says Dr. Kaffenberger. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "4 Things To Know About Scalp Psoriasis, According To Dermatologists," 2 Aug. 2019 Having so many female claimants showed that a larger, systemic imbalance might be at play. Adam Rasmi, Quartz at Work, "A record number of Saudi women have joined the workforce," 30 July 2019 It’s unclear if the candidates even understand the systemic causes of the violence against black trans women. Katelyn Burns, Vox, "The intersectional complexities of violence against black trans women," 26 July 2019 But in February, 12 Russian athletes were found guilty through an investigation into systemic doping. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Q&A: Olympic Medalist Erik Kynard Talks Tokyo 2020, Doping and More," 26 July 2019 If true, that would mean systemic factors — including bias on the part of teachers, principals and others — explain the discipline disparities in their entirety. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, "Civil rights commission calls for schools to combat racial disparities in discipline," 23 July 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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