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systole

sys·to·le

systole

pronunciation:
sI st li
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part of speech: noun
definition: the rhythmic contraction made by the heart and its ventricles that pushes blood from the chambers. (Cf. diastole.)
derivation: systolic (adj.)
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The word systole contains the following part:
sys- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "sys- " occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of "syn-" used before roots beginning with s. See syn- and its other assimilated forms syl- and sym-.
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