system

[ sis-tuhm ]
/ ˈsɪs təm /

noun

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Origin of system

First recorded in 1610–20; from Late Latin systēma, from Greek sýstēma whole compounded of several parts, equivalent to sy- “”with, together” + stē- (variant stem of histánai “to cause to stand”; akin to Latin stāre “to stand” ) + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action; see sy-, stand

OTHER WORDS FROM system

sys·tem·less, adjectivein·ter·sys·tem, adjectivesu·per·sys·tem, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for system

system
/ (ˈsɪstəm) /

noun

Derived forms of system

systemless, adjective

Word Origin for system

C17: from French système, from Late Latin systēma, from Greek sustēma, from syn- + histanai to cause to stand
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Medical definitions for system

system
[ sĭstəm ]

n.

A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole.
An organism or body considered as a whole, especially with regard to its vital processes or functions.
A group of physiologically or anatomically complementary organs or parts.
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Cultural definitions for system

system

A group of bodily organs that have similar structures or work together to perform some function, such as the digestive system, nervous system, and respiratory system.

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Idioms and Phrases with system

system

see all systems go; out of one's system.

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