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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