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Medical Term:

cardiac muscle


the involuntary muscle comprising the myocardium and walls of the pulmonary veins and superior vena cava, consisting of anastomosing transversely striated muscle fibers formed of cells united at intercalated discs; the one or two nuclei of each cell are centrally located and the longitudinally arranged myofibrils have considerable sarcoplasm around them; connective tissue is limited to reticular and fine collagenous fibers; contraction is rhythmic and intrinsically stimulated.

Synonym(s): muscle of heart

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