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smooth muscle

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noun Anatomy.
  1. involuntary muscle tissue in the walls of viscera and blood vessels, consisting of nonstriated, spindle-shaped cells.
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Origin of smooth muscle

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for smooth muscle

smooth muscle

noun
  1. muscle that is capable of slow rhythmic involuntary contractions: occurs in the walls of the blood vessels, alimentary canal, etcCompare striped muscle
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Word Origin

so called because there is no cross-banding on the muscle
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smooth muscle in Medicine

smooth muscle

n.
  1. Muscle tissue that contracts without voluntary control, having fine myofibrils but lacking transverse striations and found in the walls of internal organs, blood vessels, and hair follicles.
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