Definition of Skeletal muscle

1. Noun. A muscle that is connected at either or both ends to a bone and so move parts of the skeleton; a muscle that is characterized by transverse stripes.

Definition of Skeletal muscle

1. Noun. (muscle) The voluntary muscle of vertebrates, which is striated and anchored by tendons to bone and is used to effect skeletal movement such as locomotion. ¹

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Medical Definition of Skeletal muscle

1. A rather non-specific term usually applied to the striated muscle of vertebrates that is under voluntary control. The muscle fibres are syncytial and contain myofibrils, tandem arrays of sarcomeres. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Skeletal Muscle

skein cell
skeletal dysplasia
skeletal extension
skeletal formula
skeletal frame
skeletal muscle (current term)
skeletal muscle fibres
skeletal muscle tissue
skeletal muscle ventricle
skeletal structure
skeletal survey
skeletal system
skeletal traction

Literary usage of Skeletal muscle

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

1. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"TONUS IN skeletal muscle The tonic state into which certain skeletal muscles, most markedly the extensors of the limbs, fall after separation of the centres ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"Similarly, ss:.ha single stimulus elicits from a skeletal muscle a single "beat," or, as it is termed, a " twitch." In the heart muscle during a brief ..."

3. Human Physiology: A Text-book for High Schools and Colleges by Percy Goldthwait Stiles (1916)
"skeletal muscle has been said not to be automatic. All its movements in life are caused ... The segment is from a fiber of skeletal muscle near its middle. ..."

4. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"... pronounced paralysis of the central nervous system and of the skeletal muscle-nerve endings. Poisoning is treated by tannin, evacuation and stimulants. ..."

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