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diastolic

[dahy-uh-stol-ik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or produced by diastole.
  2. (of blood pressure) indicating the arterial pressure during the interval between heartbeats.
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Compare systolic.

Origin of diastolic

First recorded in 1685–95; diastole + -ic
Related formshy·per·di·as·tol·ic, adjectivepost·di·as·tol·ic, adjectivepre·di·as·tol·ic, adjectivepseu·do·di·as·tol·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for diastolic

Historical Examples

  • The diastolic pressure has been estimated to be about 35 to 45 mm.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • There has been some dispute as to the place where the diastolic pressure should be read.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Usually there is no difficulty in determining the diastolic pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • In a rapidly beating heart the diastole is short and the diastolic pressure rises.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • For convenience, this may be said to be the arithmetical mean of the systolic and diastolic pressures.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield


diastolic in Science

diastole

[dī-ăstə-lē]
  1. 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.
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Related formsdiastolic adjective (dī′ə-stŏlĭk)
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