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peristalsis
medical dictionary

<gastroenterology, physiology> The wormlike movement by which the alimentary canal or other tubular organs provided with both longitudinal and circular muscle fibres propel their contents. It consists of a wave of contraction passing along the tube for variable distances.

Origin: Gr. Stalsis = contraction

(11 Mar 2008)

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