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Definition of Systemic

Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the whole body. Systemic chemotherapy employs drugs that travel through the bloodstream and reach and affect cells all over the body.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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