Something that's systemic affects all parts of something. If every dog at doggy daycare has fleas, it's a systemic problem.

The adjective systemic is often used to describe diseases or disorders; a systemic illness affects your whole body or an entire system — like your digestive system. Any kind of system can experience systemic problems. For example, crime is a systemic problem in a community because it affects everyone from individuals to families, businesses, and tourism, just to name a few groups harmed by the problem.

Definitions of systemic

adj affecting an entire system

“a systemic poison”
affecting the entire body

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