1 a tissue composed of bundles of elongated cells capable of contraction and relaxation to produce movement in an organ or part
2 an organ composed of muscle tissue
4 intr; often foll by: in, on, etc. Informal to force one's way (in) (C16: from medical Latin musculus little mouse, from the imagined resemblance of some muscles to mice, from Latin mus mouse)
1 having overdeveloped and inelastic muscles
n any of the numerous elongated contractile cells that contain many nuclei and make up striated muscle
n another name for →
n either of two large chest muscles (pectoralis major and pectoralis minor), that assist in movements of the shoulder and upper arm
n muscle that is capable of slow rhythmic involuntary contractions: occurs in the walls of the blood vessels, alimentary canal, etc.
(so called because there is no cross-banding on the muscle)
striped muscle , striated muscle
n a type of contractile tissue that is marked by transverse striations; it is concerned with moving skeletal parts to which it is usually attached
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