skeletal muscle


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Could beet juice enhance the heart’s ability to deliver oxygen-carrying blood, and help keep the skeletal muscle strong, in such patients? Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2019 LeBrasseur and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic are looking at senescent cells in skeletal muscle. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2023 Once in skeletal muscle, nitric oxide can do several things. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2019 Once energy needs are met, leftover glucose is stored in the liver and skeletal muscle in a condensed form called glycogen. Mckale Montgomery, The Conversation, 19 May 2022 For example, drinking a glass of milk has been shown to impact skeletal muscle more so than having the same amount of protein from isolated whey powder. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Capillaries hemmorrhage and the area swells while the proteases keep at their attack, taking out skeletal muscle through mechanisms poorly understood. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2016 One unique characteristic of Toxoplasma is that in some hosts, including humans and rodents, the parasite establishes a chronic infection as latent tissue cysts in the brain, heart and skeletal muscle. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Rhabdomyolysis is a rare condition in which skeletal muscle tissue breaks down from intense physical exertion and releases proteins and electrolytes (such as potassium) into the bloodstream at a toxic level. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skeletal muscle was in 1877

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“Skeletal muscle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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