(?), a. [Gr. clasping and compressing, fr. to surround, wrap up; round + to place, arrange: cf. F. pristaltique.] (Physiol.) Applied to the peculiar wormlike wave motion of the intestines and other similar structures, produced by the successive contraction of the muscular fibers of their walls, forcing their contents onwards; as, peristaltic movement. -- Per`i*stal"tic*al*ly (#), adv.
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(?), n. [NL. See Peristerion.] (Bot.) A genus of orchidaceous plants. See Dove plant.
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(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a dovecote, a kind of verbena, fr. a dove, pigeon; cf. L. peristereon.] (Bot.) The herb vervain (Verbena officinalis).
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