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musculature

[muhs-kyuh-luh-cher, -choo r]
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noun
  1. the muscular system of the body or of its parts.
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Origin of musculature

1870–75; musculat(ion) muscular system (see muscle, -ation) + -ure
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Examples from the Web for musculature

Historical Examples

  • The Lani laid back the skin and musculature with bold, sure strokes.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • The musculature is often rigid, and the reflexes are increased in activity.

  • He did not doubt there was strength enough in the host's musculature to distort the risers.

    The Invader

    Alfred Coppel

  • It would appear that rise of blood pressure tends to throw increased work upon the musculature of the arterioles.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • The bundle may be followed anteriorly until it becomes intimately mixed with the musculature of the ventricles.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield


British Dictionary definitions for musculature

musculature

noun
  1. the arrangement of muscles in an organ or part
  2. the total muscular system of an organism
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Word Origin and History for musculature

n.

"system of muscles," 1875, from French musculature, from Latin musculus (see muscle (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

musculature in Medicine

musculature

(mŭskyə-lə-chur′)
n.
  1. The arrangement of the muscles in a part or in the body as a whole.
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