• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Peristaltic (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • peristaltic Compressive; Contracting in succesive circles; of or pertaining to peristalsis; consisting in or exhibiting peristalsis. Peristaltic is sometimes used to designate waves of contraction running in the ordinary direction down the alimentary canal, while antiperistaltic denotes those running in the opposite direction.
    • peristaltic Noting that clectrostatic induction which takes place between two or more conducting wires when inclosed within the same insulating case, as in an ocean cable: a use due to Sir W.Thomson.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Peristaltic per-i-stalt′ik noting the involuntary muscular action of the alimentary canal, by which it forces its contents onwards
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. clasping and compressing, fr. to surround, wrap up; round + to place, arrange: cf. F. péristaltique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. peristaltikosperistellein, to wrap round—peri, around, stellein, to place.


In literature:

Looked down upon, their motion seems peristaltic and vermicular, like that of three caterpillars.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
At first there would appear to be a reflex peristaltic movement of the Fallopian tubes and uterus.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Peristaltic motion, 87, 96, 102.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Observe, too, the rhythm of the peristaltic action of the stomach.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
Peristaltic: that periodic motion of the alimentary canal by means of which the food is forced toward the anal extremity.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
This curious automatic center lies between the two muscular coats of the intestine and controls the peristaltic movements.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
In the act of vomiting less sensorial power is employed than in the usual peristaltic motion of the stomach, as explained in Sect.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The only effect I perceived from its use was a slight increase of peristaltic action.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
This is called the peristaltic, or vermicular motion.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The yacht was clothed with sublime torsions, peristaltic splendors, and immense radiations of living bodies.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
Peristaltic movements are constantly taking place in the digestive tract.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
Undoubtedly the peristaltic functions of the intestines can be encouraged by a favorable attitude of the will towards them.
"Health Through Will Power" by James J. Walsh
The cause of intussusception is said to be violent peristaltic action, however produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various
We have seen how great a part unpleasant emotions play in preventing peristaltic movements of the food tube.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter

In poetry:

I lay in the abyss, where twisting squeezing
The lowest form of life pushed itself peristaltically.
Where slippery and slimy worm and eel entwined,
I was a worm myself, overwhelmed with exhaustion.
"One Hour Ater The Dance Of Death" by Franz Werfel

In news:

Narrow Web) system is based on the successful PPS peristaltic pump.
Peristaltic Aseptic Filling Instrumentation .
For one thing, he speaks in an intense staccato punctuated with words like peristaltic and epiphetic.
Graymills has introduced Peristaltic Tube Lubricant .
Servo-driven peristaltic pump for precise liquid filling of pharmaceuticals.
With individually addressable control of each fluidic channel, the Ismatec® Reglo ICC peristaltic tubing pump reduces the clutter of multiple pumps on the benchtop and can resolve application complexity.
My application uses a peristaltic pump with silicone tubing running through it and a different, heat-sealable tubing material before and after the pump section.
Peristaltic pump filling system.
Peristaltic 400-RX1 Pump for Catheter Washing and Cooling.
Peristaltic Pump for Catheter Washing and Cooling.
Variable Speed Peristaltic Pump Offers Accuracy and Reliability.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc introduced its FH100 variable-speed peristaltic pump for laboratory life-science applications.
Has announced the introduction of its new Loctite® Benchtop Peristaltic Dispenser, a reliable volumetric dispense system for single-component, low-viscosity fluids.
The Model M1000 peristaltic pump features a patented quick-change tube loading system.
They paid well for such tortures to cure "peristaltic woes" through "biological living.".

In science:

From an analysis of the undulations and peristaltic fluctuations of the local thickness, one obtains the bending rigidity and area compressibility of the membrane, as well as the pertinent relaxation times [ 111, 112].
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?
Recent numerical work on large-amplitude peristaltic pumping of an Oldroyd-B fluid two dimensions has shown similar qualitative differences with the Newtonian case, such as reduced pump rate, dependence on material parameters, and loss of kinematic reversibility [266].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Peristaltic pumping and irreversibility of a stokesian viscoelastic fluid.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms