PERISTALTICALLY

peristaltic

[per-uh-stawl-tik, -stal-]
adjective Physiology.
of, pertaining to, or resembling peristalsis.

Origin:
1645–55; < Greek peristaltikós compressing, equivalent to peri- peri- + stal- (see peristalsis) + -tikos -tic

peristaltically, adverb
hyperperistaltic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To peristaltically
Collins
World English Dictionary
peristalsis (ˌpɛrɪˈstælsɪs)
 
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]
 
peri'staltic
 
adj
 
peri'staltically
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

peristaltic
1655, from Mod.L., from Gk. peristalikos (Galen), lit. "contracting around," from peri- (q.v.) + stalsis "checking, constriction," related to stellein "to put in order, draw together."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature