One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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.
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