Systaltic definition

sĭ-stôltĭk, -stăl-
Alternately contracting and dilating, as the heart; pulsating.
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Characterized by alternate contraction and dilatation, as the action of the heart.
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Alternately contracting and dilating, as the heart; pulsating.
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(biology) Capable of, or taking place by, alternate contraction and dilatation.

The systaltic action of the heart.

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Origin of systaltic

  • Late Latin systalticus from Greek sustaltikos from sustellein to contract sun- syn- stellein to send stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin systalticus drawing together, from Ancient Greek. Compare sustaltic, systole.

    From Wiktionary