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' .

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  • Peristalsis — is the rhythmic contraction of smooth muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract. The word is derived from New Latin and comes from the Greek peristaltikos , peristaltic, from peristellein , to wrap around, and stellein , to place. In …   Wikipedia

  • peristalsis — peristalsis. (Del gr. περίσταλσις). f. Biol. Contracción progresiva, de un extremo a otro, de ciertos órganos tubulares para hacer avanzar su contenido. * * * o peristaltismo Contracciones progresivas ondulantes, de los músculos del esófago, el… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • peristalsis — f. fisiol.Peristaltismo. Medical Dictionary. 2011 …   Diccionario médico

  • peristalsis — 1859, Mod.L., from Gk. peristalsis, from peristellein, lit. “to send round.” …   Etymology dictionary

  • Peristalsis — Per i*stal sis, n. [NL. See {Peristaltic}.] (Physiol.) Peristaltic contraction or action. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peristalsis — (Del gr. περίσταλσις). f. Biol. Contracción progresiva, de un extremo a otro, de ciertos órganos tubulares para hacer avanzar su contenido …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • peristalsis — [per΄ə stal′sis, per΄əstôl′sis] n. pl. peristalses [per΄ə stôl′sēz΄, per΄ə stal′sēz΄] [ModL < Gr peristaltikos < peristellein, to surround, involve < peri , around + stellein, to place: for IE base see STALK1] the rhythmic, wavelike… …   English World dictionary

  • peristalsis — /per euh stawl sis, stal /, n., pl. peristalses / seez/. Physiol. the progressive wave of contraction and relaxation of a tubular muscular system, esp. the alimentary canal, by which the contents are forced through the system. [1855 60; < NL < Gk …   Universalium

  • peristalsis inversa — Peristalsis que impulsa el contenido en sentido contrario al normal. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • peristalsis — noun (plural peristalses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek peristaltikos peristaltic Date: 1859 successive waves of involuntary contraction passing along the walls of a hollow muscular structure (as the esophagus or intestine) and forcing the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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