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[si-stawl-tik, -stal-]
adjective Physiology.
  1. rhythmically contracting.
  2. of the nature of contraction.
  3. characterized by alternate contraction and dilation, as the action of the heart.
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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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Historical Examples of systaltic

  • Systaltic, sis-tal′tik, adj. alternately contracting and dilating, pulsatory.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


British Dictionary definitions for systaltic


  1. (esp of the action of the heart) of, relating to, or characterized by alternate contractions and dilations; pulsating
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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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systaltic in Medicine


(sĭ-stôltĭk, -stăl-)
  1. Alternately contracting and dilating, as the heart; pulsating.
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