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 There’s sexuality and sensuality in the smoothness of their skin, their musculature, the veining in their arms, the panic as [another son] is pressing his father’s leg. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 With Waiters and Johnson, the extra musculature translated only into Heat disappointment, eventually discarded for pennies on the dollar. Ira Winderman,, 28 Sep. 2021 These sharks had their stomachs removed for environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis, and liver samples and muscle samples from the dorsal musculature behind the gills were collected for stable isotope analysis (SIA) and fatty acid analysis (FAA). Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Experts say that the fish’s jaw musculature develops with age and that the rows of teeth help them to crush their prey, which includes barnacles, crab, oysters, clams and plant material. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 In terms of both bankability and musculature, Dwayne Johnson has become inextricably linked in the public imagination with a certain gigantism. Chris Lee, Vulture, 30 July 2021 The monumental bronze sculpture, a dazzling archetype of absolute power, is marked by decorative classical armor, the subject’s sinewy musculature and distant, riveting gaze. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, 30 June 2021 More innovative offerings include EMsculpt, a physiotherapy that enhances the core musculature and improves posture and performance, and FLOWpresso, a spacesuit that uses infrared waves to encourage lymphatic drainage. Anna Haines, Forbes, 31 May 2021 So Ekman decided to ground his next measurement tool in facial musculature, harkening back to Duchenne’s original electroshock studies. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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“Musculature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce musculature (audio) \

Medical Definition of musculature

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

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