systaltic

[si-stawl-tik, -stal-]
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adjective Physiology.

rhythmically contracting.
of the nature of contraction.
characterized by alternate contraction and dilation, as the action of the heart.

Nearby words

  1. syrupy,
  2. sys-,
  3. sysop,
  4. syssarcosis,
  5. syst.,
  6. system,
  7. system building,
  8. system operator,
  9. system program,
  10. systema

Origin of systaltic

1670–80; < Late Latin systalticus < Greek systaltikós, equivalent to systalt(ós) contracted, verbid of systéllein to put together (sy- sy- + stal-, variant stem of stéllein to place + -tos verbid suffix) + -ikos -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for systaltic

systaltic

adjective

(esp of the action of the heart) of, relating to, or characterized by alternate contractions and dilations; pulsating

Word Origin for systaltic

C17: from Late Latin systalticus, from Greek sustaltikos, from sustellein to contract, from syn- + stellein to place

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Medicine definitions for systaltic

systaltic

[sĭ-stôltĭk, -stăl-]

adj.

Alternately contracting and dilating, as the heart; pulsating.

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