peristalsis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n peristalsis the process of wavelike muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peristalsis (Physiol) Peristaltic contraction or action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peristalsis The peculiar involuntary muscular movements of various hollow organs of the body, especially of the alimentary canal, whereby their contents are propelled onward. As best seen in the small intestines, it consists of rhythmic circular contractions, traveling, wave-like, downward, due to successive contractions of the circular and longitudinal muscular fibers. Peristalsis, simple or modified, is characteristic of the whole alimentary canal, from the beginning of the esophagus to the anus, but it also occurs in other tubes or cavities, as the ureters, Fallopian tubes, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Peristaltic

Usage

In literature:

Digestion and intestinal peristalsis must be stopped in order to save energy.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
I believe you can imagine the result, elimination is prevented because of the stoppage of peristalsis.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
THE ETIOLOGY OF THE MOST COMMON FORM OF DIARRHEA, i.e., EXCESSIVE INTESTINAL PERISTALSIS.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
In this stage the peristalsis of the gullet is sufficient to force the food through the cardia.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
There is no appetite, no rumination, nor peristalsis.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The meals should be regular and an abundant diet advised to increase the flow of bile and stimulate peristalsis in the intestines.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
The less vegetables are taken, the less cellulose remains undigested to stimulate peristalsis.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
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In news:

Gentleman (and ladies), start your peristalsis.
Like an organic earthworm , sea cucumber, or snail, the soft-body bot moves via peristalsis, or squeezing and stretching the muscles along its tubular body.
Meshworm's movements are based on the principles of peristalsis -- the type of locomotion that allows earthworms , snails, and sea cucumbers to get from one place to another.
Like an organic earthworm, sea cucumber, or snail, the soft-body bot moves via peristalsis, or squeezing and stretching the muscles along its tubular body.
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