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sys•to•le



Pronunciation: (sis'tu-lē", -lē), [key]
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.

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