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voluntary muscle

noun, Anatomy.
1.
muscle whose action is normally controlled by an individual's will; mainly skeletal muscle, composed of parallel bundles of striated, multinucleate fibers.
Origin of voluntary muscle
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90
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  • He was conscious, he was breathing normally, his heart was beating; but not a voluntary muscle would obey his will.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Take out a morsel on the slip of glass, and tease as directed for the voluntary muscle.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • voluntary muscle loses quickly its contractility when a solution of potash is injected into its vessels.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • This compound has an action on voluntary muscle causing gradual paralysis.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • No man can call himself educated until every voluntary muscle obeys his will.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • He was conscious, he was breathing normally, his heart was beating; but not a voluntary muscle would obey his will!

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
voluntary muscle in Medicine

voluntary muscle n.
A muscle, such as any of the striated muscles except the heart, whose action is normally controlled by individual volition.

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