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Meaning of PERISTALSIS

Pronunciation:  `peree'stalsis

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the process of wave-like muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along
 

PERISTALSIS is a 11 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: vermiculation
 
 Antonyms: anastalsis
 
 See Also: activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Per`i*stal"sis\, n. [NL. See {Peristaltic}.]
(Physiol.)
Peristaltic contraction or action.

 
Medical Dictionary
 
 Definition: Wave-like contraction of muscles, particularly in the digestive system, that propels food or food residue through the digestive tract.
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: This is the wave-like movement of the muscular walls of hollow organs such as the esophagus; it serves to move materials through the organ.
 

 

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