Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, that condition in which a dilated and enfeebled heart remains continuously filled with blood on account of the inability of the left ventricle to discharge more than a small part of its contents. Also called asystolism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol.) A weakening or cessation of the contractile power of the heart.

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  • noun pathology, cardiology Absence of systole; failure of the heart to contract.

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  • noun absence of systole; failure of the ventricles of the heart to contract (usually caused by ventricular fibrillation) with consequent absence of the heart beat leading to oxygen lack and eventually to death

Etymologies

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a- +‎ systole.

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  • Like the word intubate, this makes me think of any given episode of E.R.

    July 15, 2009