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systole n : the contraction of the chambers of the heart (especially the ventricles) to drive blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery

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Late Latin, from Greek συστολη, from συστελλειν ‘contract’.


  • /'sɪstəli/


  1. the rhythmic contractions of the heart, by which blood is driven through the arteries
    • 1974: There is no essential virtue in comfort. To be relaxed is good if it is part of a process of systole and diastole. Relaxation comes between phases of tenseness. — Anthony Burgess, The Clockwork Testament

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Extensive Definition

Systole can mean the following:
systole in Danish: Systole
systole in German: Systole
systole in Spanish: Diástole
systole in French: Systole
systole in Hebrew: סיסטולה

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