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 But the researchers weren’t able to say whether the distinct musculature is part of the bellbird’s singing talent. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Listen: This could be the loudest bird on Earth," 21 Oct. 2019 Both living birds and crocodylians have a pad of blood vessels and fat sitting in the cavity atop the underlying musculature. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Special Skull Windows Helped Dinosaur Brains Keep Cool," 4 Sep. 2019 Scar, weighed down by lifelike musculature, can no longer leer. Nora Mcgreevy,, "‘Lion King’ remake offers a muffled roar," 17 July 2019 And for all of the critics who are confused, her looks, her hair, her skin color, her musculature, and her body are all reminders of what Black woman magic looks like truly realized. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "11 Beauty Moments That Remind Us Why Serena Williams Deserves Her Wheaties Box," 25 June 2019 She and the other researchers, including Juliane Kaminski, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, in England, joined together a few years ago to look at domestic animal facial expressions and musculature. James Gorman, New York Times, "Those Puppy Dog Eyes You Can’t Resist? Thank Evolution," 17 June 2019 The facial musculature the researchers examined gives rise to the morphological, or structural, trait that allows dogs to irresistibly widen their eyes. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Domestication Made Dogs’ Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans," 17 June 2019 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 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

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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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16 Nov 2019

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“Musculature.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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

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