/ (ˌdaɪəˈstælsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-siːz) physiol
a downward wave of contraction occurring in the intestine during digestionSee also peristalsis
Derived Formsdiastaltic, adjective
Word Origin for diastalsis
C20: New Latin, from dia- + (peri) stalsis
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Medicine definitions for diastalsis
[ dī′ə-stôl′sĭs, -stăl′- ]
Peristalsis in which a region of inhibition precedes the wave of contraction, as in the intestinal tract.
Related formsdi′a•stal′tic (-stôl′tĭk, -stăl′-) adj.
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