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[an-tee-per-i-stawl-sis, -stal-, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˌpɛr ɪˈstɔl sɪs, -ˈstæl-, ˌæn taɪ-/
noun, Physiology.
reversed peristaltic action of the intestines, by which their contents are carried upward.
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[an-tee-per-i-stal-tik, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˌpɛr ɪˈstæl tɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/ (Show IPA),
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noun (physiol)
contractions of the intestine that force the contents in the opposite direction to the normal
Derived Forms
antiperistaltic, adjective
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antiperistaltic in Medicine

antiperistaltic an·ti·per·i·stal·tic (ān'tē-pěr'ĭ-stôl'tĭk, -stāl'-, ān'tī-)

  1. Of or relating to antiperistalsis.

  2. Impeding or arresting peristalsis.

antiperistalsis an·ti·per·i·stal·sis (ān'tē-pěr'ĭ-stôl'sĭs, -stāl'-, ān'tī-)
See reversed peristalsis.

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