peristaltic

adjective
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

Examples of peristaltic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So its possible to create an artificial peristaltic contraction wave that travels in one direction along the length of the soft robotic organ. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2021 For instance, a good candidate for an artificial esophagus is a soft robotic peristaltic pumping system (known by its acronym SBPP), developed by Tauber (then Esser) and several colleagues in 2017. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2021 Rauch sometimes speaks of his art as a peristaltic filtration system that pulls in everything around him, and lately there had been so much political dirt in circulation that caution seemed advisable. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 This greater expandability and lack of peristaltic motion may have meant that the competitive eater was less likely to feel full and uncomfortable. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Dr Woods suspected that, in an evolutionary two-for-one, this peristaltic action is also moving oxygen. The Economist, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peristaltic. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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peristaltic

adjective
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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