skeletal muscle


Definition of skeletal muscle 

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

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The hallmark of Duchenne is the absence of dystrophin, a protein in skeletal muscle. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Risky Drug Approval Lesson," 4 July 2018 The cause of death was determined to be complications of acute rhabdomyolysis, the rapid destruction of skeletal muscle following blunt impacts to his head. Drew Hill, The Courier-Journal, "At least 6 MMA fighters have died while in the ring or shortly after," 21 June 2018 These disorders are typically characterized by an inability to effectively stimulate or relax skeletal muscles, resulting in excessive muscle stiffness or weakness. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Sudden infant death syndrome may have genetic basis, study suggests," 28 Mar. 2018 Occasionally skeletal muscles contract without an order from the brain. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Floating Arms," 22 Mar. 2018 Warning, may cause permanent enlargement of skeletal muscles. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The White House had one of its best weeks ever," 29 Apr. 2018 On top of that, the exam on Boppy's body showed that the dog had stomach ulcers, intestinal inflammation, whipworm infestation, skeletal muscle necrosis and severe weight loss. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Banned from Yukon Quest over dog care concerns, Hugh Neff says he is being unfairly targeted," 27 Apr. 2018 SARMs were designed to selectively target skeletal muscle and spare other tissues, in an attempt to reduce some of these unwanted side effects. Anahad O’connor, New York Times, "A Better Body in a Pill? Experts Urge Caution on SARMs," 12 Apr. 2018 Our study in an animal model found that influenza infection leads to an increase in the expression of muscle-degrading genes and a decrease in expression of muscle-building genes in skeletal muscles in the legs. Laura Haynes, Washington Post, "How the flu hijacks your body to make you feel so wretched," 17 Feb. 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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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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