peristalsis

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noun peri·stal·sis \ˌper-ə-ˈstȯl-səs, -ˈstäl-, -ˈstal-\

Definition of peristalsis

plural

peristalses

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  1. :  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 and Etymology of peristalsis

New Latin, from Greek peristaltikos peristaltic


First Known Use: 1859


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peristalsis

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noun peri·stal·sis \ˌper-ə-ˈstȯl-səs, -ˈstäl-, -ˈstal-\

Medical Definition of peristalsis

plural

peristalses

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  1. :  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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