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[per-uh-stawl-tik, -stal-] /ˌpɛr əˈstɔl tɪk, -ˈstæl-/
adjective, Physiology
of, relating to, or resembling peristalsis.
Origin of peristaltic
1645-55; < Greek peristaltikós compressing, equivalent to peri- peri- + stal- (see peristalsis) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
peristaltically, adverb
hyperperistaltic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for peristaltic
  • The peristaltic pump operates on a squeeze and release principle using rollers and flexible tubing.
  • Vacuum is supplied by use of a hand-held pump, vacuum, or battery-operated peristaltic pump.
Word Origin and History for peristaltic

1650s, from Modern Latin, from Greek peristaltikos (Galen), literally "contracting around," from peri (see peri-) "around, about" + stalsis "checking, constriction," related to stellein "draw in, bring together; set in order" (see diastole).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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