[ sis-tuh-lee, -lee ]
/ ˈsɪs təˌli, -li /


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

1570–80; <Greek systolḗ a drawing up, contraction, equivalent to sy-sy- + stolḗ pressure, originally, garment, equipment, equivalent to stol- (noun derivative of stéllein to send, place) + feminine noun suffix; cf. diastole, systaltic


pre·sys·to·le, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for systole

/ (ˈsɪstəlɪ) /


contraction of the heart, during which blood is pumped into the aorta and the arteries that lead to the lungsCompare diastole

Derived forms of systole

systolic (sɪˈstɒlɪk), adjective

Word Origin for systole

C16: via Late Latin from Greek sustolē, from sustellein to contract; see systaltic
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Medical definitions for systole

[ sĭstə-lē ]


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

Other words from systole

sys•tolic (sĭ-stŏlĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for systole

[ sĭstə-lē ]

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.

Other words from systole

systolic adjective (sĭ-stŏlĭk)
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