voluntary muscle


Definition of voluntary muscle

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

Examples of voluntary muscle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This leads to a loss of control of voluntary muscle movements, including speech and breathing. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 By that time, the patient had zero voluntary muscle control. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 One striking thing is that two of the subjects actually regained the ability to exert a bit of voluntary muscle control in their formerly paralyzed limbs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2022 The 37-year-old was diagnosed at age 2 with a genetic disease that, among other things, affects the central nervous system and voluntary muscle movement. NBC News, 9 Oct. 2020 Kevan was born with something called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Shari Puterman, USA TODAY, 1 June 2018 Jayden suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, 16 May 2018 In normal REM sleep, the brain shuts down voluntary muscle movement, to keep the dreamer from acting out the dream. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2018 As the world would come to know, Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that ravages the neurons controlling voluntary muscle movement, but leaves cognitive functioning intact. Brian Greene, Time, 15 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of voluntary muscle

1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Voluntary muscle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluntary%20muscle. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Medical Definition of voluntary muscle

: muscle (as most striated muscle) under voluntary control

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