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Medical Term:

peristalsis

Pronunciation: per'i-stal'sis

Definition

The movement of the intestine or other tubular structure, characterized by waves of alternate circular contraction and relaxation of the tube by which the contents are propelled onward.

Synonym(s): vermicular movement

[peri- + G. stalsis, constriction]

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