systole

noun
sys·​to·​le | \ ˈsi-stə-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce systole (audio) \

Definition of systole

: a rhythmically recurrent contraction especially : the contraction of the heart by which the blood is forced out of the chambers and into the aorta and pulmonary artery — compare diastole

Other Words from systole

systolic \ si-​ˈstä-​lik How to pronounce systolic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of systole

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for systole

Greek systolē, from systellein to contract, from syn- + stellein to send

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systole

noun
sys·​to·​le | \ ˈsis-tə-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce systole (audio) \

Medical Definition of systole

: the contraction of the heart by which the blood is forced onward and the circulation kept up — compare diastole sense 1

Other Words from systole

systolic \ sis-​ˈtäl-​ik How to pronounce systolic (audio) \ adjective

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