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The rhythmic contraction of the heart, especially of the ventricles, by which blood is driven through the aorta and pulmonary artery after each dilation or diastole.

[Greek sustolē, contraction, from sustellein, to contract; see systaltic.]

sys·tol′ic (sĭ-stŏl′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.systolic - of or relating to a systole or happening during a systole


adj (Physiol) blood pressuresystolisch


a. sistólico-a, rel. a la sístole;
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___ pressurepresión ___.


adj sistólico
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