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peristalsis

  

      n   pl   , -ses     (Physiol)   the succession of waves of involuntary muscular contraction of various bodily tubes, esp. of the alimentary tract, where it effects transport of food and waste products  
     (C19: from New Latin, from peri- + Greek stalsis compression, from stellein to press together)  
  peristaltic      adj  
  peristaltically      adv  
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