muscle memory

noun
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of muscle memory

:the ability to repeat a specific muscular movement with improved efficiency and accuracy that is acquired through practice and repetition
  • They practice their routines with mind-numbing repetitiveness, for hours and days, weeks and years, so that each spinning, twisting landing off the high bar becomes an act of muscle memory.
  • —E. M. Swift

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First Known Use of muscle memory

1890


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