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Cell Biology. a proprioceptor in skeletal muscle, composed of striated muscle fibers and sensory nerve endings in a connective tissue sheath, that conveys information via the spinal nerves on the state of muscle stretch, important in the reflex mechanism that maintains body posture.

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Origin of muscle spindle

First recorded in 1890–95
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Medical definitions for muscle spindle

muscle spindle

n.

A stretch receptor found in vertebrate muscle.
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