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 And while there’s nothing wrong with doing crunches, know that exercises like planks can also be great for strengthening and stabilizing your core musculature. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, "How to Do Crunches Like a Total Pro," 29 Dec. 2020 But many more gelatinous deep-sea species are bereft of such bladders, as well as the musculature needed to press against them. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, "Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?," 10 Nov. 2020 The same dark lines tracing her impressive musculature render the rippling rocks; the ridges of her bald head match the ridges in the stone; the luxurious folds of the fabric are answered by the intricate layering of the earth beneath her feet. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Visions of Power," 10 Aug. 2020 The Nike team added a tunic to cover the derrière and loose pants to disguise musculature. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Nike Takes the Plunge Into Modest Swimwear," 9 Dec. 2019 Cassils Visual Artist / Los Angeles Cassils has used clay, fire, photography, urine and the musculature of their own body as mediums to provoke, challenge and excite whoever experiences their singular creations. NBC News, "12 queer artists whose work is making us pay attention," 13 Dec. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of musculature was in 1875

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8 Jan 2021

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“Musculature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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