diastalsis


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diastalsis

(ˌdaɪəˈstælsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Physiology) a downward wave of contraction occurring in the intestine during digestion. See also peristalsis
[C20: New Latin, from dia- + (peri)stalsis]
ˌdiaˈstaltic adj
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diastalsis

the contraction of the alimentary canal in a downward direction as part of peristalsis.
See also: Bodily Functions
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