Definition of systole
: a rhythmically recurrent contraction; especially : the contraction of the heart by which the blood is forced onward and the circulation kept up
systolicplay \sis-ˈtä-lik\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of systole
Greek systolē, from systellein to contract, from syn- + stellein to send
First Known Use: 1565See Words from the same year
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