Definition of peristaltic in US English:

peristaltic

adjective

Physiology
  • See peristalsis

    • ‘He also suggested an expiratory wave of peristaltic smooth muscle contraction starting from the periphery to aid in exhalation.’
    • ‘The radiologist commented on poor peristaltic activity.’
    • ‘The normal esophagus responds immediately with a reflexive peristaltic contraction, a phenomenon called secondary peristalsis.’
    • ‘Local stimulation by distension along the body of the esophagus will elicit a peristaltic wave at the stimulus site.’
    • ‘These signals pace the peristaltic contractions, determining their frequency, velocity, and direction of migration.’

Pronunciation

peristaltic

/ˈˌperəˈstôltik/