peri·stal·tic | \ ˌper-ə-ˈstȯl-tik , -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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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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peri·stal·tic | \ -tik \

Medical Definition of peristaltic 

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

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