/si stawl"tik, -stal"-/, adj. Physiol.
1. rhythmically contracting.
2. of the nature of contraction.
3. characterized by alternate contraction and dilation, as the action of the heart.
[1670-80; < LL systalticus < Gk systaltikós, equiv. to systalt(ós) contracted, verbid of systéllein to put together (sy- SY- + stal-, var. s. of stéllein to place + -tos verbid suffix) + -ikos -IC]

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