peri·​stal·​tic | \ ˌper-ə-ˈstȯl-tik How to pronounce peristaltic (audio) , -ˈstäl-, -ˈstal- \

Definition of peristaltic

1 : of, relating to, resulting from, or being peristalsis
2 : having an action suggestive of peristalsis

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Recent Examples on the Web Dr Woods suspected that, in an evolutionary two-for-one, this peristaltic action is also moving oxygen. The Economist, "Sea spidersHow does an animal with no heart circulate oxygen?," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of peristaltic

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peristaltic

Greek peristaltikos, from peristellein to wrap around, from peri- + stellein to place

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“Peristaltic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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peri·​stal·​tic | \ -tik How to pronounce peristaltic (audio) \

Medical Definition of peristaltic

: of, relating to, resulting from, or being peristalsis peristaltic contractions

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