diastole diastole  /daɪ ˈæ stə ˌli/


  • (n) the widening of the chambers of the heart between two contractions when the chambers fill with blood


  1. It is the very presence of its past that seems to determine the shape of Italian modernism: a systole and diastole between innovation and tradition.
  2. A show at London's Royal Academy of Arts surveys the systole and diastole of innovation and tradition that shaped 20th century Italian modernism.
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