systemic

[ si-stem-ik ]
/ sɪˈstɛm ɪk /

adjective

of or relating to a system, especially when affecting the entirety of a thing: systemic flaws in the design and construction of the vehicles.
relating to or noting a policy, practice, or set of beliefs that has been established as normative or customary throughout a political, social, or economic system: systemic inequality;systemic racism.
Physiology, Pathology.
  1. relating to or affecting the body as a whole.
  2. relating to or affecting a particular body system.
(of a pesticide) absorbed and circulated by a plant or other organism so as to be lethal to pests that feed on it.

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Origin of systemic

First recorded in 1795–1805; system + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM systemic

sys·tem·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·sys·tem·ic, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH systemic

systematic, systemic
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British Dictionary definitions for systemic

systemic
/ (sɪˈstɛmɪk, -ˈstiː-) /

adjective

physiol (of a poison, disease, etc) affecting the entire body
(of a pesticide, fungicide, etc) spreading through all the parts of a plant and making it toxic to pests or parasites without destroying it

noun

a systemic pesticide, fungicide, etc

Derived forms of systemic

systemically, adverb
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Medical definitions for systemic

systemic
[ sĭ-stĕmĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to a system.
Of, relating to, or affecting the entire body or an entire organism.
Relating to or affecting a particular body system, especially the nervous system.
Relating to systemic circulation.
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