[ si-stol-ik ]
/ sɪˈstɒl ɪk /


(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 forms

hy·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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Science definitions for systolic


[ 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.

Related forms

systolic adjective (sĭ-stŏlĭk)
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