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 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, "Kevan can't walk - so his friends carried him through Europe," 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, "Second family challenges CHOP decision to remove child from life support," 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, "The Night Hag and other terrors of sleep," 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, "How Stephen Hawking Helped Redefine the Rules of Reality," 15 Mar. 2018 The neurodegenerative disease slowly puts the nerves that work to trigger voluntary muscle movement out of working order. Nina Godlewski, Newsweek, "How Did Stephen Hawking's Speech and Communication Tools Work?," 14 Mar. 2018 When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "No more ice bucket: ALS brings the heat with pepper challenge," 2 Feb. 2018 A year later, he was diagnosed with ALS, a rare incurable disease that damages the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Jameis Winston feeling better this week as Buccaneers prepare for Saints," 1 Nov. 2017 His disease, formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, attacks nerve cells in the brain and progressively takes away the patient's control of voluntary muscles -- the brain itself isn't affected. Michelle Fay Cortez, chicagotribune.com, "Navy officer fights for right to try unproven drugs before dying," 6 Oct. 2017

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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 7 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of voluntary muscle

: muscle (as most striated muscle) under voluntary control

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