peristalsis

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek περισταλτικός (peristaltikós) δύναμις (dúnamis, peristaltic action of the bowels, by which their contents are propelled), from περιστέλλω (peristéllō, wrap around), from περί (perí, around) + στέλλω (stéllō, I place).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpɛɹɪˈstalsɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpɛɹɪˈstælsɪs/, /ˌpɛɹɪˈstɑlsɪs/
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Noun[edit]

peristalsis (plural peristalses)

  1. (medicine) The rhythmic, wave-like contraction of the digestive tract that forces food through it.

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Noun[edit]

peristalsis f (plural peristalsis)

  1. peristalsis

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