[ per-uh-stawl-tik, -stal- ]
/ ˌpɛr əˈstɔl tɪk, -ˈstæl- /

adjective Physiology.

of, relating to, or resembling peristalsis.

Origin of peristaltic

1645–55; < Greek peristaltikós compressing, equivalent to peri- peri- + stal- (see peristalsis) + -tikos -tic
Related formsper·i·stal·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·per·i·stal·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for peristaltic



1650s, from Modern Latin, from Greek peristaltikos (Galen), literally "contracting around," from peri (see peri-) "around, about" + stalsis "checking, constriction," related to stellein "draw in, bring together; set in order" (see diastole).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper