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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Peristaltismo

Peristalsis (pair-ih-STAL-sis)
The rippling motion of muscles in the intestine or other tubular organs characterized by the alternate contraction and relaxation of the muscles that propel the contents onward.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.