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Medical Term:

striated muscle


Definition: skeletal or voluntary muscle in which cross-striations occur in the fibers as a result of regular overlapping of thick and thin myofilaments; contrast with smooth muscle. Although cardiac muscle (which is not voluntary muscle) also looks striated, the term striated muscle is incorrectly used as a synonym for voluntary skeletal muscle.

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