- rhythmically contracting.
- of the nature of contraction.
- characterized by alternate contraction and dilation, as the action of the heart.
Origin of systaltic
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Systaltic, sis-tal′tik, adj. alternately contracting and dilating, pulsatory.
- (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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- Alternately contracting and dilating, as the heart; pulsating.
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