mus·​cu·​la·​ture | \ˈməs-kyə-lə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of musculature 

: the muscles of all or a part of the animal body

Examples of musculature in a Sentence

an athlete with well-developed musculature

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My birth doula likened the surgical repair for a 4th degree tear to an intricate embroidery of many layers of tissue and muscle, a repair that heals from the inside out to bring back the integral components of the pelvic floor musculature. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 This type of training really activates the lower body musculatures and increases the toning of the upper legs and glutes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stepping up your training can boost your heart, lower-body muscles," 11 July 2018 So stand upright and use your own musculature to hold yourself erect. NBC News, "How to prevent neck and back pain when traveling," 13 June 2018 And a high proportion of ballets are now costumed with bare legs, at the risk of knees and musculature distracting attention from overall line. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "San Francisco Ballet’s Limpid Sophistication Shines in ‘Unbound’," 27 Apr. 2018 Michelangelo fleshed out the child’s torso and right arm with brown wash and gouache highlights as well as red and black chalk, thereby endowing him not with an infant’s pudgy flesh but with a decidedly statuesque musculature. Catesby Leigh, National Review, "A Genius in Draft Form," 20 Jan. 2018 Sophia appears even more humanlike thanks to a material that mimics real human musculature and skin that allows her to seem more expressive. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Sophia the Citizen Robot Is Learning to Walk," 8 Jan. 2018 Obama's bare arms were in keeping with contemporary fashion, but their particularly lean musculature also served as a silent disquisition on the subject of physical fitness, one of her early East Wing initiatives. Robin Givhan | The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, "For Melania Trump, 2017 was the year of the sleeve," 3 Jan. 2018 The animals’ musculature, carved out of pliable basswood, appears dynamic. Michael Tortorello, WSJ, "Rhode Island’s Classic Carousels: A Seaside Tour," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of musculature

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for musculature

French, from Latin musculus

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English Language Learners Definition of musculature

: the muscles of the body or of one of its parts


mus·​cu·​la·​ture | \ˈməs-kyə-lə-ˌchu̇(ə)r, -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇(ə)r \

Medical Definition of musculature 

: the muscles of all or a part of the animal body

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