Systole

Definition of Systole

Sys´to`le
n.1.(Gram.) The shortening of the long syllable.
2.(Physiol. & Biol.) The contraction of the heart and arteries by which the blood is forced onward and the circulation kept up; also, the contraction of a rhythmically pulsating contractile vacuole; - correlative to diastole.

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