Definition of Muscle cell

1. Noun. An elongated contractile cell that forms the muscles of the body.

Exact synonyms: Muscle Fiber, Muscle Fibre
Generic synonyms: Fiber, Fibre, Somatic Cell, Vegetative Cell
Group relationships: Muscle, Musculus
Specialized synonyms: Striated Muscle Cell, Striated Muscle Fiber, Smooth Muscle Cell

Medical Definition of Muscle cell

1. Cell of muscle tissue, in striated (skeletal) muscle it comprises a syncytium formed by the fusion of embryonic myoblasts, in cardiac muscle a cell linked to the others by specialise d junctional complexes (intercalated discs), in smooth muscle a single cell with large amounts of actin and myosin capable of contracting to a small fraction of its resting length. (07 Apr 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Muscle Cell

muscle-tendon attachment
muscle-tendon junction
muscle Marys
muscle biopsy
muscle boys
muscle builder
muscle building
muscle bundle
muscle car
muscle cars
muscle cell (current term)
muscle contraction
muscle curve
muscle denervation
muscle dysmorphia
muscle epithelium
muscle fascicle
muscle fatigue
muscle fiber
muscle fibers
muscle fibre
muscle fibres
muscle hypertonia
muscle hypotonia

Literary usage of Muscle cell

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"The muscle cell is large and elongated. It is large so that it can store up more energy than ... 42 shows a single muscle cell of one of the higher animals. ..."

2. Inside the Cell by Maya Pines (1990)
"When stimulated by an influx of calcium, projecting "arms" of myosin "grab" the adjacent actin filaments and pull, causing the muscle cell to shorten. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"The two traces in (g) are segments of a continuous record from one muscle cell. The postsynaptic potentials occasionally triggered spikes evident as ..."

4. The Lancet (1898)
"In the case of involuntary muscle on the other hand there is still room for controversy as to the nature of the ultimate innervation of the muscle cell. ..."

5. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"77), however, regards it as proved that the excitatory process is conveyed by the nerve network and not by transmission from muscle cell to muscle cell ..."

6. A Text-book of the Principles of Animal Histology by Ulric Dahlgren, William Allison Kepner (1908)
"An example of such a peculiar muscle cell is to be seen in the large ... The cell-body of this muscle cell lies entirely apart from the fibrils and sends to ..."

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