voluntary muscle


: muscle (such as most striated muscle) under voluntary control

Examples of voluntary muscle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disease that directly affects communication between nerves and voluntary muscles, particularly those that impact the eyes, mouth, throat, and limbs. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 In fact, static stretching has been found to reduce your maximum voluntary muscle strength and power, which is why most trainers program dynamic stretching prior to an athletic activity, adds Chellsen. Andi Breitowich, Women's Health, 15 May 2023 Now he is diagnosed with A.L.S., a neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s that attacks the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, causing patients to lose control of their voluntary muscles. Christopher Maag, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Although brain-computer interface, or BCI, technology isn’t new, the case marks the first time it is known to have been used in a patient without any voluntary muscle control. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – affects the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles. al, 19 Feb. 2023 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Among the most concerning of these is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a disease that destroys motor nerve cells — which control voluntary muscles like your biceps and hamstrings — and causes a loss of muscle function. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 13 Feb. 2023 Whitney Frost posted a heartbreaking video to her TikTok account on New Year's Day to announce the death of her son Harrison, who died that afternoon at the age of 6. Harrison suffered from Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy, or INAD, a disease which effects motor skills and voluntary muscle function. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 Imagining on purpose The difference between voluntary imagination and involuntary imagination is analogous to the difference between voluntary muscle control and muscle spasm. Andrey Vyshedskiy, The Conversation, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of voluntary muscle was in 1788

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“Voluntary muscle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluntary%20muscle. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

voluntary muscle

: muscle (as most striated muscle) that is under voluntary control

Medical Definition

voluntary muscle

: muscle (as most striated muscle) under voluntary control

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