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systolic

[si-stol-ik]
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adjective
  1. (of blood pressure) indicating the maximum arterial pressure occurring during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart.
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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
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Examples from the Web for systolic

Historical Examples

  • The habit of speaking of any systolic figure as normal should be broken.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • At the aorta (A) the pressure (systolic) is approximately 150 mm.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • At the time of perforation the systolic pressure may be raised.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • Blood pressure consists of more than the estimation of the systolic pressure.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • A pressure picture may be normal but a systolic reading, whatever it may be, is not accurately designated as normal.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield


Word Origin and History for systolic

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

systolic in Science

systole

[sĭstə-lē]
  1. 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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Related formssystolic adjective (sĭ-stŏlĭk)
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