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diastalsis

/ (ˌdaɪəˈstælsɪs) /
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noun plural -ses (-siːz) physiol
a downward wave of contraction occurring in the intestine during digestionSee also peristalsis
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Derived forms of diastalsis

diastaltic, adjective

Word Origin for diastalsis

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

Other words from diastalsis

di′a•staltic (-stôltĭk, -stăl-) adj.
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