Origin of systalticLate Latin systalticus from Classical Greek systaltikos, drawing together from systellein, to draw together from syn-, together + stellein, to set up, order from Indo-European base an unverified form stel- from source still
Origin of systalticLate Latin systalticus from Greek sustaltikos from sustellein to contract sun- syn- stellein to send ; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
- (biology) Capable of, or taking place by, alternate contraction and dilatation.
- the systaltic action of the heart
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