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pertaining to or affecting the body as a whole.
systemic disease one affecting a number of tissues that perform a common function.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Relating to a system; specifically somatic, relating to the entire organism as distinguished from any of its individual parts.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


Relating to a system; specifically somatic, relating to the entire organism as distinguished from any of its individual parts.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. Pertaining to something that affects the whole body rather than one part of it.
2. Of the blood circulation supplying all parts of the body except the lungs.
3. Of a drug taken by mouth or given by injection, as distinct from a drug applied externally.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


distributed throughout the whole of an organism.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


A term used to describe a medicine that has effects throughout the body, as opposed to topical drugs that work on the skin. Most medicines that are taken by mouth or by injection are systemic drugs.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Patient discussion about Systemic

Q. Is fibromyalgia related to Central Nervous System? Is fibromyalgia related to Central Nervous System? Among men and women who is more prone to the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

A. here is a quote from the National Fibromyalgia Association site:

"Little research has been conducted that measures the prevalence of fibromyalgia, and estimates vary widely as to the proportion of male versus female patients. A 1999 epidemiology study conducted in London found a female to male ratio of roughly three to one. However, a 2001 review of the research literature in Current Rheumatology Reports stated the ratio was nine to one."

Q. on what systems does ADHD effects?

A. Central nervous system. Which usually affects the hormonal state and any other system there is...

Q. on what system in the body does a Fibromyalgia effects?

A. Fibromyalgia effects the musculoskeletal and neuronal systems mainly. It is known to cause general weakness and unexplained fatigue, and a syndrome of pain, associated with different locations in the body. People suffer from chronic and extreme tenderness to light touch. Other symptoms include muscle aches, tingling and muscle spasms.

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Therefore, thirdly, conservative systemic theoretical-political positions depoliticize both institutional systemic structuration and evolution and the theoretical-political legitimation of institutional dynamics, delegitimizing all theoretical-political positions based on a notion of social normativity and a conception of inclusive and general democratic political praxis which frame and orientate systemic institutional evolution.
It has been hypothesized that PAH in systemic sclerosis occurs as a consequence of progressive remodeling of pulmonary vasculature with inflammation and endothelial injury as common precursors.
Systemic lupus erythematosus and pulmonary arterial hypertension: links, risks, and management strategies.
Table 1 Cutaneous findings, systemic features and laboratory parameters in Systemic Sclerosis (n=54)
Two hundred seven patients of both genders, ranging in age from 2 to 70 years formed the study group and out of which, record of patients with different systemic diseases based on their medical history were obtained and their data were analyzed by SPSS software 17 version.
First, to conduct an in-depth analysis of the relationship between systemic risk and the EPU indices in the time series framework, namely, in (1) time and (2) time-frequency domains, allowing for bivariate linkages, and in (3) a multivariate setting, we construct novel composite measures of systemic risk.
Systemic sclerosis can involve almost all structures of cardiovascular system like conduction pathway, heart valves, endocardium, myocardium, pericardium, coronary arteries and pulmonary arteries.
Updating the American College of Rheumatology revised criteria for the classification of systemic lupus erythematosus.
Breast amyloidosis should be included in the differential diagnosis for patients with abnormal breast findings suspicious for malignancy who have concomitant systemic immune disease, hematologic malignancy/disorder such as extranodal marginal zone lymphoma or plasma cell dyscrasia or with known systemic amyloidosis.
For patients with a KPS >60 and adequate organ function, four to six cycles of disease-specific systemic therapy were recommended routinely within 1 month.
The first defines systemic discrimination and group litigation.

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