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"the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine or another canal, creating wave-like movements that push the contents of the canal forward"

It has nothing to do with the immune system, or the boil.
As the boil is not using muscles in a canal to push the Lite-phantis out, the term is incorrect, and a little insulting to anybody with any medical knowledge.

 

There is a sound "Bug" of Lotus using this word.

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On 2021-09-10 at 3:27 AM, SolZeroOne said:

"the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine or another canal, creating wave-like movements that push the contents of the canal forward"

It has nothing to do with the immune system, or the boil.
As the boil is not using muscles in a canal to push the Lite-phantis out, the term is incorrect, and a little insulting to anybody with any medical knowledge.

 

There is a sound "Bug" of Lotus using this word.

Do you have any definite knowledge of the internal structure of the Plague Star "boil" that makes you sure this isn't accurate in this case? It's referred to as a "boil" due to its outward appearance and it's stated that both the smaller infested and the Hemocyte itself are in some way discharged or dispensed from the thing itself, this is only really clarified by the aforementioned peristalsis mention - implying the infested are first spawned/created within the "boil" and then (through peristalsis) brought to the surface and finally emitted in its various manners.

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Hi! biologist here!

Techincally speaking, peristalsis is almost universally used to describe the wave-like contractions of muscles in the GUT! So unless the boil is eating something, and then excreting the mini lephanits as a waste product, which the lotus states it is not (since she likens it to an immune response) there is still no peristalsis. If they want to use a biological term for this, there are many other options that have a relation to the immune system.  For example they could say that its a result of an infested complement cascade, or antibody production, or lymphatic response. 

Secondly, to adress iPathos's concern, the mini lephantis is clearly pushing itself out. Its seems more like an excretion or even a slough (although technically both these terms are still incorrect as they refer to an action of the body itself, and not what comes out of it). As such I don't think peristalsis can be used to describe the excretion of an organism that is actively pulling/pushing/moving out of a main body.

Lastly, if we're going to be basing this on the actual internal structure of a -boil-, then a boil would be considered an epidermal pocket that contains fluids. Specifically, an infected hair follicle. These fluids themselves usually have electrolytes, immune cells and dead tissues. So there still isn't real evidence for the use of the word peristalsis to describe the response of the boil when ejecting a mini lephantis from itself.

I could go on but I'll leave it there.

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