/sis"teuh lee', -lee/, n.
1. Physiol. the normal rhythmical contraction of the heart, during which the blood in the chambers is forced onward. Cf. diastole.
2. Class. Pros. the shortening of a syllable regularly long.
[1570-80; < Gk systolé a drawing up, contraction, equiv. to sy- SY- + stolé pressure, orig., garment, equipment, equiv. to stol- (n. deriv. of stéllein to send, place) + -e fem. n. suffix; cf. DIASTOLE, SYSTALTIC]

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▪ heart function
      period of contraction of the ventricles (ventricle) of the heart that occurs between the first and second heart sounds. Systole causes the ejection of blood into the aorta and pulmonary trunk. Lasting usually 0.3 to 0.4 second, ventricular systole is introduced by a very brief period of contraction, followed by the ejection phase, during which 80 to 100 cubic centimetres of blood leave each ventricle. During systole, arterial blood pressure reaches its peak (systolic blood pressure), normally about 120 millimetres of mercury in human beings; this is slightly lower than the ventricular pressure because of the distensibility of the vessel walls. Atrial systole occurs toward the end of ventricular diastole, completing the filling of the ventricles. “Systole” may also refer to the contraction stage of the contractile vacuole in protozoans. Compare diastole. See also blood pressure.

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