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The process of wave-like muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along.peristalsis

(Science: gastroenterology, physiology) The wormlike movement by which the alimentary canal or other tubular organs provided with both longitudinal and circular muscle fibres propel their contents. It consists of a wave of contraction passing along the tube for variable distances.

Origin: Gr. Stalsis = contraction The contraction and relaxation of muscle tissue which can allow movement of a substance in a given direction, for instance in the throat, which moves mucus up the throat and food down.

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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

... Then I vomit for 13 or more hours. Then I go to ER and they unclog me. My intestines actually are temporarily paralyzed. It's called intermittent peristalsis. It can be life threatening. The pain is very intense under the belly button. The vomiting is non stop until there is nothing but bile and ...

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by EmmaJean
Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:02 am
Forum: Physiology
Topic: Stomach bloating and weight gain
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Fine detail around the digestion and airway channel

... when you throw up, your brain sends out a complete systematic approach, of which consists of the epiglottis closing the airway until reverse peristalsis (reverse movement) of the esophagus is completed. As for its anatomy, both, stomach and esophagus, are fully muscular and its inner walls ...

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by Tranc3r
Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Fine detail around the digestion and airway channel
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Re: Digestion

... you cant put a 100 degree C of that stuff in your mouth :D higher temperature actually helps the alimentary track and the digestive tract on the peristalsis

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by volcob
Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Digestion
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What is the function of the following tisues in the lungs?

... and reproductive tract secretions; controls diameter of respiratory passages (bronchi); regulates diameter of blood vessels.ex. tubular organs peristalsis (moves stuff thru intestines, repro tubes etc.)capable of slow sustained contractions (uterus in birth), involuntary control happens on ...

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by biolass
Fri May 04, 2007 9:30 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: What is the function of the following tisues in the lungs?
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pls help- URGENT!!!

I think the mucus is converted to saliva..as mucus is present in saliva to aid in peristalsis. For the lymphatic system, it is a complex network of lymphoid organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymph tissues, lymph capillaries and lymph vessels that produce and transport ...

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by unscientific
Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: pls help- URGENT!!!
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