mus·​cu·​la·​ture | \ ˈmə-skyə-lə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce musculature (audio) , -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

Recent Examples on the Web

Today’s cinematic Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, is a lot cooler, with scaly musculature and tangled, flowing locks that recall the deadly tendrils of a Portuguese man o’ war. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "I Want to Be Aquaman When I Grow Up . . .," 13 Dec. 2018 Many amputees still retain enough musculature to make this movement, but traditional prosthetics typically cant make use of this. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Cyborg Wrist Gives Unprecedented Motion to Amputees," 28 Nov. 2018 Wikipedia tells me an ecorche is a drawing or sculpture that shows the body’s musculature, sans skin. William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 7 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Les Écorchés' and what lies beneath the surface," 4 June 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'musculature.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of musculature

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for musculature

French, from Latin musculus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about musculature

Statistics for musculature

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for musculature

The first known use of musculature was in 1875

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for musculature



English Language Learners Definition of musculature

formal : 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 How to pronounce musculature (audio) \

Medical Definition of musculature

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on musculature

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with musculature

Spanish Central: Translation of musculature

Nglish: Translation of musculature for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about musculature

Comments on musculature

What made you want to look up musculature? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!