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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Our skeletal muscles make myoglobin, a single globin protein ancestral to hemoglobin, which helps muscle hang on to a reserve of oxygen to use during exercise. Quanta Magazine, "Icefish Study Adds Another Color to the Story of Blood," 22 Apr. 2019 The cells are fed oxygen and nutrients like sugar and minerals, and can grow into skeletal muscle that can be harvested within a few weeks. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Startup Producing Cell-Grown Meat Raises New Funding," 16 July 2018 Noviochok causes involuntary contraction of all skeletal muscles, which then leads to respiratory and cardiac arrest. James Rogers, Fox News, "Police 'super-recognizers' helped ID suspects in Novichok poisoning of ex-spy," 6 Sep. 2018 Cisatracurium is a paralytic used in surgeries as a skeletal muscle relaxant. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Nebraska Set to Use Drug Cocktail That Includes Fentanyl in Execution Tuesday," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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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