- (of blood pressure) indicating the maximum arterial pressure occurring during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart.
Origin of systolic
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Examples from the Web for systolic
The habit of speaking of any systolic figure as normal should be broken.
At the aorta (A) the pressure (systolic) is approximately 150 mm.
At the time of perforation the systolic pressure may be raised.
Blood pressure consists of more than the estimation of the systolic pressure.
A pressure picture may be normal but a systolic reading, whatever it may be, is not accurately designated as normal.
Word Origin and History for systolic
1690s, from Modern Latin systolicus, from systole (see systole).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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