(of blood pressure) indicating the maximum arterial pressure occurring during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart.

Compare diastolic.

Origin of systolic

First recorded in 1685–95; systole + -ic
Related formshy·per·sys·tol·ic, adjectivepost·sys·tol·ic, adjectivepre·sys·tol·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for systolic

1690s, from Modern Latin systolicus, from systole (see systole).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for systolic



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.
Related formssystolic adjective (sĭ-stŏlĭk)
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