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systemic

[si-stem-ik] /sɪˈstɛm ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a system.
2.
Physiology, Pathology.
  1. pertaining to or affecting the body as a whole.
  2. pertaining to or affecting a particular body system.
3.
(of a pesticide) absorbed and circulated by a plant or other organism so as to be lethal to pests that feed on it.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; system + -ic
Related forms
systemically, adverb
nonsystemic, adjective
Can be confused
systematic, systemic.
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British Dictionary definitions for systemically

systemic

/sɪˈstɛmɪk; -ˈstiː-/
adjective
1.
another word for systematic (sense 1), systematic (sense 2)
2.
(physiol) (of a poison, disease, etc) affecting the entire body
3.
(of a pesticide, fungicide, etc) spreading through all the parts of a plant and making it toxic to pests or parasites without destroying it
noun
4.
a systemic pesticide, fungicide, etc
Derived Forms
systemically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for systemically

systemic

adj.

1803, irregularly formed from system, used in medicine and biology for differentiation of meaning from systematic. Related: Systemically.

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systemically in Medicine

systemic sys·tem·ic (sĭ-stěm'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to a system.

  2. Of, relating to, or affecting the entire body or an entire organism.

  3. Relating to or affecting a particular body system, especially the nervous system.

  4. Relating to systemic circulation.

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