Peristaltic Per`i*stal"tic, a. [Gr. ? clasping and compressing, fr. ? to surround, wrap up; ? round + ? to place, arrange: cf. F. p['e]ristaltique.] (Physiol.) Applied to the peculiar wormlike wave motion of the intestines and other similar structures, produced by the successive contraction of the muscular fibers of their walls, forcing their contents onwards; as, peristaltic movement. -- {Per`i*stal"tic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • peristaltic — 1650s, from Modern Latin, from Gk. peristalikos (Galen), lit. contracting around, from peri (see PERI (Cf. peri )) + stalsis checking, constriction, related to stellein draw in, bring together; set in order (see STALL (Cf. stall) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • peristaltic — PERISTÁLTI//C peristalticcă (peristalticci, peristalticce) Care ţine de peristaltism; propriu peristaltismului. Dereglare peristalticcă. /<fr. péristaltique Trimis de siveco, 22.08.2004. Sursa: NODEX  PERISTÁLTIC, Ă adj. Mişcări peristaltice …   Dicționar Român

  • peristaltic — Relating to peristalsis. * * * peri·stal·tic tik adj of, relating to, resulting from, or being peristalsis <peristaltic contractions> …   Medical dictionary

  • peristaltic — peristalsis ► NOUN ▪ the contraction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestines, creating wave like movements which push the contents of the intestines forward. DERIVATIVES peristaltic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek peristallein wrap around …   English terms dictionary

  • peristaltic — adjective Etymology: Greek peristaltikos, from peristellein to wrap around, from peri + stellein to place Date: 1655 1. of, relating to, resulting from, or being peristalsis 2. having an action suggestive of peristalsis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peristaltic — peristaltically, adv. /per euh stawl tik, stal /, adj. Physiol. of, pertaining to, or resembling peristalsis. [1645 55; < Gk peristaltikós compressing, equiv. to peri PERI + stal (see PERISTALSIS) + tikos TIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • peristaltic — adjective Of, or pertaining to peristalsis …   Wiktionary

  • peristàltic — pe|ris|tàl|tic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • peristaltic — perɪ stÉ”ltɪk / stæl adj. of the movement of the bowels (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • peristaltic — peri·stal·tic …   English syllables

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