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systemic

adjective sys·tem·ic \ sis-ˈte-mik \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of systemic

: 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)

systemically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of systemic in a Sentence

  1. The company made some systemic changes to the way it operated.

  2. The problem seems to be systemic.

Recent Examples of systemic from the Web

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First Known Use of systemic

1803


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systemic

noun

Definition of systemic

: a systemic pesticide

First Known Use of systemic

1951


SYSTEMIC Defined for English Language Learners

systemic

adjective

Definition of systemic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to an entire system

  • medical : of, relating to, or affecting the entire body


SYSTEMIC Defined for Kids

systemic

adjective sys·tem·ic \ si-ˈste-mik \

Definition of systemic for Students

: of or relating to the body as a whole
  • systemic disease

Medical Dictionary

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systemic

adjective sys·tem·ic \ sis-ˈtem-ik \

medical Definition of systemic

: 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)

systemically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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systemic

noun

medical Definition of systemic

: a systemic pesticide


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