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peristalsis

noun peri·stal·sis \ˌper-ə-ˈstl-səs, -ˈstäl-, -ˈstal-\
plural peri·stal·ses\-ˌsēz\

Definition of PERISTALSIS

:  successive waves of involuntary contraction passing along the walls of a hollow muscular structure (as the esophagus or intestine) and forcing the contents onward

Origin of PERISTALSIS

New Latin, from Greek peristaltikos peristaltic
First Known Use: 1859

peristalsis

noun peri·stal·sis \ˌper-ə-ˈstl-səs, -ˈstäl-, -ˈstal-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural peri·stal·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PERISTALSIS

:  successive waves of involuntary contraction passing along the walls of a hollow muscular structure (as the esophagus or intestine) and forcing the contents onward—compare segmentation 2

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