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[dahy-as-tl-ee, -tl-ee] /daɪˈæs tlˌi, -tl i/
Physiology. the normal rhythmical dilatation of the heart during which the chambers are filling with blood.
Compare systole (def 1).
Prosody. the lengthening of a syllable regularly short, especially before a pause or at the ictus.
Origin of diastole
1570-80; < Late Latin diastolē < Greek diastolḗ a putting asunder, dilation, lengthening; compare diastéllein to set apart, equivalent to dia- dia- + stéllein to put, place Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for diastole
Historical Examples
  • The final diastole may be the diastole of paralysis or the diastole of irritation.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The diastole of paralysis is the most frequent form of death.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The systole of the heart means its contraction: the diastole of the heart means its dilatation.

    William Harvey D'Arcy Powers
  • The great secular heart is now in its diastole, or relaxation.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • The heart was found arrested in diastole, and the brain anmic.

  • Systole and diastole, the contraction and dilation of the heart and arteries.

    Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Systole, diastole, swift and ever swifter goes the Axe of Samson.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • The ding of her husband's cash register and the click of her dangle bag mark the systole and diastole of married life.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • And so the bombast rolls, and one brags against the other like systole and diastole which balance each other in the same heart.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The minimum pressure in the artery, the pressure at the end of diastole, is called the diastolic pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
British Dictionary definitions for diastole


the dilatation of the chambers of the heart that follows each contraction, during which they refill with blood Compare systole
Derived Forms
diastolic (ˌdaɪəˈstɒlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek: an expansion, from diastellein to expand, from dia- + stellein to place, bring together, make ready
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Word Origin and History for diastole

1570s, from medical Latin diastole, from Greek diastole "drawing asunder, dilation," from diastellein, from dia- "through, thoroughly, entirely" (see dia-) + stellein "to set in order, arrange, array, equip, make ready," from PIE *stel-yo-, suffixed form of root *stel- "to put, stand," with derivatives referring to a standing object or place (see stall (n.1)).

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diastole in Medicine

diastole di·as·to·le (dī-ās'tə-lē)
The normal rhythmically occurring relaxation and dilatation of the heart chambers, especially the ventricles, during which they fill with blood.

di'a·stol'ic (dī'ə-stŏl'ĭk) adj.
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diastole in Science
The period during the normal beating of the heart in which the chambers of the heart dilate and fill with blood. Diastole of the atria occurs before diastole of the ventricles. Compare systole.

diastolic adjective (dī'ə-stŏl'ĭk)
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