peristaltic [per-uh-stawl-tik, -stal-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective Physiology.
- of, relating to, or resembling peristalsis.
Origin of peristaltic 1645–55; Greek peristaltikós compressing, equivalent to peri-+ stal- (see ) + -tikos Related formsper·i·stal·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·per·i·stal·tic, adjective Examples from the Web for peristaltic Historical Examples of peristaltic
Observe, too, the rhythm of the peristaltic action of the stomach.
S. S. Curry
Undoubtedly the peristaltic functions of the intestines can be encouraged by a favorable attitude of the will towards them.
James J. Walsh
In cancer, as in many other diseases of the stomach, the peristaltic movements of the intestine are inclined to be sluggish.
Sometimes the peristaltic waves of the stomach can be perceived through the thin abdominal walls.
The peristaltic waves generally pass from left to right, rarely in the opposite direction as well.
Word Origin and History for peristaltic adj.
1650s, from Modern Latin, from Greek peristaltikos (Galen), literally “contracting around,” from peri (see) “around, about” + stalsis “checking, constriction,” related to stellein “draw in, bring together; set in order” (see ).