Definition of systaltic in English:

systaltic

adjective

  • 1Physiology. Contracting; contracting and relaxing in a rhythmic manner.

  • 2Music. In ancient Greek music, designating a style of melody which has the effect of contracting or depressing the mind, or affecting it with deep feeling.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From post-classical Latin systalticus (in music) contracting, depressing, (in medicine) contracting from Hellenistic Greek συσταλτικός (in medicine) systolic (Galen), (in music) contracting, depressing from ancient Greek συν- + σταλτικός, after συστέλλειν to draw in, contract.

Pronunciation

systaltic

/sɪˈstaltɪk/