[ 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.

Origin of antiperistalsis

Related forms

an·ti·per·i·stal·tic [an-tee-per-i-stal-tik, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˌpɛr ɪˈstæl tɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for antiperistaltic


/ (ˌæntɪˌpɛrɪˈstælsɪs) /

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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Medicine definitions for antiperistaltic (1 of 2)


[ ăn′tē-pĕr′ĭ-stôltĭk, -stăl-, ăn′tī- ]


Of or relating to antiperistalsis.
Impeding or arresting peristalsis.

Medicine definitions for antiperistaltic (2 of 2)


[ ăn′tē-pĕr′ĭ-stôlsĭs, -stăl-, ăn′tī- ]


reversed peristalsis
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