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Medical Term:

shunt muscle


Definition: muscle that, rather than producing observable motion, contracts to resist dislocating forces occurring at joints, the coracobrachialis, short head of biceps, and long head of triceps all contract to resist downward dislocating forces at the shoulder joint, as when toting luggage.

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