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  • adj. Of, or pertaining to peristalsis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Compressive; Contracting in succesive circles; of or pertaining to peristalsis; consisting in or exhibiting peristalsis.
  • 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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  • As previously stated they are not eaten as they were created, but have been put through a prolonged milling process or other method of preparation which not only eliminates many elements of nourishment but also breaks up the food into the most minute particles, thus eliminating the rough, coarse and fibrous material in the food which ordinarily arouses what is known as the peristaltic activity of the bowels.

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  • In applying the ear to the flank, on either the right or left side, certain bubbling sounds may be heard that are known as peristaltic sounds, because they are produced by peristalsis, or wormlike contraction of the intestines.

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  • This occasions a worm like motion of the whole intestines, which is called their peristaltic motion.

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  • A contraction known as peristaltic-contraction pushes the chyme from the stomach and as the stomach relaxes it send squirts of chyme into the small intestines.

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  • It would seem that unstriated muscle contracts slowly, and we find it especially among the viscera; in the intestine for instance, where it controls that "peristaltic" movement which pushes the food forward.

    Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata

  • Using a peristaltic movement to drive a balloon was previously unknown in the history of aviation.


  • The AirJelly is the first indoor flying object to use such a peristaltic propulsion system.


  • That was enough to bring in IDEX, an engineering firm that designed fluid-control systems for medical devices like heart pumps; IDEX devised a peristaltic pump with disposable tubes to inject flavors and ease cleanup.

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  • With the above code, we can list the longest of the well-mixed transposals. antiparticles paternalistic conservatoire overreactions aristotelian retaliations obscurantist subtractions definability identifiably arthroscopes crapshooters colonialists oscillations enumerations mountaineers importunates permutations counterspies persecutions capillarity piratically animadverts maidservant calendering greenlandic grandnieces reascending coordinates decorations peripatetic precipitate crenelation intolerance arthroscope crapshooter peristaltic triplicates excitations intoxicates

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  • Herds of taxis and shuttles wheeled around in peristaltic fits — tires squealing, horns blaring — belching noxious fumes that swirled and muffled the whistle blasts of agitated traffic cops.

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  • "The box of caterpillars swung as it was tugged through the darkness. Oblivious to their journey, the grubs circumscribed their little prison with peristaltic motion." From China Mieville's Perdido Street Station.

    October 1, 2011

  • “There are images, too, from movies and books of the horrors of trench warfare, the colossal waste of human life in one catastrophic, peristaltic battle after another.�?

    The New York Times, Echo of a Distant War, Editorial, November 10, 2008

    November 12, 2008

  • ... the grubs circumscibed their little prison with peristaltic motion." Perdido Street Station p. 125

    December 3, 2006