Definition for SYS'TO-LE, or SYS'TO-LY

SYS'TO-LE, or SYS'TO-LY, n. [Gr. συστολη, from συστελλω, to contract; συν and στελλω, to send.]

  1. In grammar, the shortening of a long syllable.
  2. In anatomy, the contraction of the heart and arteries, for expelling the blood, and carrying on the circulation. [See Diastole.]

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