[muhs-kyuh-luh-cher, -choo r]


the muscular system of the body or of its parts.

Origin of musculature

1870–75; musculat(ion) muscular system (see muscle, -ation) + -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for musculature

Historical Examples of musculature

  • 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



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

musculature in Medicine




The arrangement of the muscles in a part or in the body as a whole.
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