What Does Systemic Mean?


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Systemic basically means "general or universal." The word is an adjective form of the noun "system." Anything which has an influence over the entire system or has a tendency to affect it is known as "systemic." A systemic substance is known to affect the entire body system of an organism. The word is especially used to denote the nervous system.

Here is an example of the word in a sentence: "Arsenic is systemic in nature." The sentence above means that the chemical can be toxic to the nervous system (which is as bad as being deleterious to the entire body).

Systemic circulation is another important term which pertains to the flow of blood throughout the body. The word "systemic" is quite a new word in English language, first used in popular English literature in the year 1991.

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