skeletal muscle

noun

Definition of skeletal muscle

: striated muscle that is usually attached to the skeleton and is usually under voluntary control

Examples of skeletal muscle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drug also caused serious injury to the eels' skeletal muscle, which was slow to heal after the eels were removed from the water with the cocaine. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Calcium and phosphorous, for example, are vital for skeletal muscle function and blood clotting regulation. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2021 Samsung said the sensors can now assess body composition by measuring skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, water retention, and body fat percentage. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Up front weight room standouts have included Ben Scott and Dohnovan West, both of whom have added skeletal muscle mass while lowering their body fat percentages. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 Your diaphragm is a skeletal muscle housed in the lower portion of your rib cage, attaching to your lower ribs. Dana Santas, CNN, 23 June 2021 Using a process called microbial fermentation, Bond’s team has isolated the part of the chicken DNA that expresses skeletal muscle protein. Shelby Vittek, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 In the neuromuscular area, the company is looking into multiple diseases driven by genetic defects in skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle and the peripheral nervous system. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2021 Using high-tech imaging techniques and traditional dissection, the researchers found that the gators' tails regrew cartilage, connective tissue and skin instead of bone and skeletal muscle, reports CNN. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of skeletal muscle

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Skeletal muscle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeletal%20muscle. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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skeletal muscle

noun

Medical Definition of skeletal muscle

: striated muscle that is usually attached to the skeleton and is usually under voluntary control also : a muscle composed of skeletal muscle

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