1. peristalsis

noun. the process of wavelike muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along.


  • bodily process
  • activity
  • vermiculation
  • bodily function


  • inactivity
  • discontinuance
  • assembly
  • discontinuation

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Sentences with peristalsis

1. Noun, singular or mass
Muscles in the stomach help squeeze digested food into the small intestine a little at a time through a process called peristalsis.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
The active ingredient in cassia tea, referred to as senna glycosides or sennosides, promotes peristalsis in the colon to increase stool elimination.