Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Alternately contracting and dilating, as the heart; pulsating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of, or taking place by, alternate contraction and dilatation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of, or taking place by, alternate contraction and dilatation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Alternately contracting and dilating; capable of or resulting from systole and diastole; pulsatory: as, the systaltic action of the heart. Compare peristaltic.

Etymologies

Late Latin systalticus, from Greek sustaltikos, from sustellein, to contract : sun-, syn- + stellein, to send; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin systalticus drawing together, from Ancient Greek. Compare sustaltic, systole. (Wiktionary)

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