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Mon June 02, 2008 By:

WHAT ARE PERISTATIC MOVEMENTS?

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Mon June 02, 2008

The wavelike muscular contractions of the alimentary canal or other tubular structures by which contents are forced onward toward the opening.

In other words, peristalsis is the rhythmic alternating contraction and relaxation of smooth muscles that forces food through the intestinal tract.

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