- Physiology. the normal rhythmical contraction of the heart, during which the blood in the chambers is forced onward.Compare diastole.
- Classical Prosody. the shortening of a syllable regularly long.
Origin of systole
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The systole of the heart means its contraction: the diastole of the heart means its dilatation.William Harvey
Systole and diastole, the contraction and dilation of the heart and arteries.Essays
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Systole, diastole, swift and ever swifter goes the Axe of Samson.The French Revolution
The ding of her husband's cash register and the click of her dangle bag mark the systole and diastole of married life.Bizarre
And so the bombast rolls, and one brags against the other like systole and diastole which balance each other in the same heart.The Man Shakespeare
- contraction of the heart, during which blood is pumped into the aorta and the arteries that lead to the lungsCompare diastole
C16: via Late Latin from Greek sustolē, from sustellein to contract; see systaltic
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Word Origin and History for systole
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- The rhythmic contraction of the heart, especially of the ventricles, by which blood is driven through the aorta and pulmonary artery after each dilation or diastole.miocardia
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- The period during the normal beating of the heart in which the chambers of the heart, especially the ventricles, contract to force blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery. Compare diastole.
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