diastalsis

noun plural -ses (-siːz) physiol

a downward wave of contraction occurring in the intestine during digestionSee also peristalsis

Nearby words

  1. dias,
  2. diaschisis,
  3. diascope,
  4. diaspora,
  5. diaspore,
  6. diastase,
  7. diastasis,
  8. diastasuria,
  9. diastatic,
  10. diastem

Derived Formsdiastaltic, adjective

Word Origin for diastalsis

C20: New Latin, from dia- + (peri) stalsis

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Medicine definitions for diastalsis

diastalsis

[dī′ə-stôlsĭs, -stăl-]

n.

Peristalsis in which a region of inhibition precedes the wave of contraction, as in the intestinal tract.
Related formsdi′a•staltic (-stôltĭk, -stăl-) adj.


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