The contractile tissue of animals derived from the mesodermal layer of embryonic germ cells.

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What is the cause of muscle cramps?

According to wikipedia, muscle cramps are caused by myosin fibers not being able to break free from the actin filaments during contraction, resulting in a prolonged contraction. Obviously a lack of ...
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What is the difference between muscle fascicle and muscle bundle?

In the photo above (given by Bio teacher), the muscle bundle is shown to be as a bundle of fascicles, but in most web definitions I've seen, the two terms are used interchangeably. What is the ...
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Abdominal muscles during inspiration/inhalation

During inspiration I am aware that the diaphragm and the external intercostal muscles contract, thus increasing the volume of the thoracic cavity. However, I read on my textbook that during ...
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How is recruitment of multiunit smooth muscle cells fine tuned if they are innervated by varicosities?

In my physiology textbook (Silverthorn) and on wikipedia it says that: Multiunit smooth muscle tissues innervate individual cells; as such, they allow for fine control and gradual responses, ...
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Why do smaller mammals move intermittently?

I was watching a nice little video on youtube but couldn't help but notice how snappy smaller animals such as rats and chipmunks move. By snappy I mean how the animal moves in almost discrete states ...
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What causes spontaneous muscle twitches?

Sometimes a small region of my body starts shaking, without any reason and then stops abruptly. Apparently this is a common phenomenon (source: NIH). I researched its cause for a bit and came to know ...
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What happens when our muscle tense? [closed]

Is the tensing of muscles equivalent to stretching them? I am trying to understand what tensing of the muscles means.
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Doesn't the sarcomere contract during isometric contraction?

During muscle contraction, the lenght of the sarcomere changes, length of myocyte changes and so does the length of muscle. However, if the length of muscle is not changing length as in isometric ...
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How is the side-polarity of the myosin filament in myofibril maintained?

If myosin molecules are the properly oriented relative to their position in the the myosin filaments, the sarcomere is not functional. But how is the orientation of the myosin molecules determined? ...
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What are the most efficient sources of nutrition to add lean mass? [closed]

In conjunction with an exercise routine, what sources of nutrition will best help increase lean body mass. Most non-hormonal exercise supplements risk causing liver damage and gout due to excess urea ...
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Why we shiver/tremble/shake while performing some work which requires high accuracy?

Shivering when nervous or anxious is a common thing. But, shivering or trembling sometimes also occurs when we are performing a work which requires high accuracy. In such case, our whole body doesn't ...
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Why does an electrical shock freeze up muscles?

Why is it when someone comes into contact with an electrical supply that their body freezes up and is unable to move away from the electrical source? Can someone explain this through a physiological ...
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Why is it that cats can jump so high for their size, compared with humans?

My cat is about 1' high at the shoulder, and I am a little over 6', but my cat can easily jump onto something as high as I am. That is 6x it's height. If a cat can do this, then Why can't I jump up ...
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What causes humans to be physically weak compared to animals like gorillas?

Animals like gorillas seem to have a physical fitness and muscle mass that don't depend as strongly on how much exercise they get, compared to humans. E.g. gorillas living in the wild sleep and rest a ...
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Why do my muscles move slowly when cold?

When my hands are cold, e.g. outside in the winter with no gloves for a while, their muscles begin to move slowly (assume I'm otherwise comfortably warm, e.g. dressed well but gloveless). I don't ...
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Does physical exercise of a specific part affect muscles in the other parts of the body?

There is a theory among bodybuilders, that is, if you train big muscle groups (e.g. legs, chest), it will increase the overall growth of muscles all over the body; the trained muscle will release ...
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Why Doesn’t Hypercalcemia Cause Muscle Spasms?

If you have more calcium in the cell, wouldn’t more attach to troponin and initiate muscle contraction? Why does hypercalcemia cause muscle weakness instead of spasms?
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How are muscle fibre size and oxygen consumption related?

Does anyone know of a paper which correlates the muscle fibre size to oxygen consumption in mammals? I am trying to find a correlation between muscle fibre type, size and (absolute and specific) ...
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Why doesn't EMG data for triceps show a clear relationship?

In a surface electromyography (EMG) experiment of the triceps muscle where a person lifts weights, I found the value for maximum amplitude of EMG signal to be rather similar for all loads of 0-10kg. ...
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What are the metabolic consequences of negative mechanical work in muscle contractions?

When a muscle contracts while it shortens (concentric), it consumes ATP I believe primarily due to cross-bridge shortening to remove the myosin head from it's attached state. However, when a muscle ...
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Why do workouts cause your muscles to feel heavy?

I know that muscle activity causes your muscles to build up lactic acid. Is this the specific reason that your muscles begin to feel heavy? How does this relate to the healing or inflammation process ...
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Acetylcholine and muscles- excitatory or inhibitory? (muscle atonia and myasthenia gravis)

I have heard that acetylcholine can be excitatory or inhibitory, but I am confused as to which it is when it comes to muscles. On the one hand, I believe that muscle atonia during REM sleep is ...
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How do crocodiles stay fit?

My 8 year old son asked me a question I could not answer (and Google, at least in so far as we tried, was no help either). We were watching a documentary about Salt Water Crocodiles in Northern ...
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What differences in effect does fast repetitive exercise have compared to slower muscle-building exercise?

As a drummer who likes to play high-energy music (fast, aggressive metal) it's safe to say I burn a fair amount of calories when doing so. But I've been drumming for over a decade and despite the ...
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What is the connection between exercise and muscle growth

From a physiological perspective, all that is done during exercise is the expending of energy in the form of ATP to fuel muscle contraction and extension. When I looked up why muscle grow due to ...
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Why we have to damage our muscles to build them?

I know that new muscle cells are made when actin fibers are disrupted. My hypothesis is that muscle mass is limited, from birth, and that nutrients (protein) are only directed to grow muscle when ...
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How do muscles help erect the spine?

Muscles of the spine help to support it against gravity. For example, the multifidi interweave throughout the vertebrae and, as I understand, sort of reinforce the spine. So let's suppose muscles help ...
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What will happen if the biceps stop contracting and instead triceps contract? [closed]

For example if i bend my arm the biceps contract and triceps relax but if I bend my arm and the triceps contract instead of biceps what effect would it have?
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By What Mechanism Does Heat Cause Muscle Relaxation?

Heat is commonly used "loosen" muscles, but what exactly is happening to relax the muscle? It wouldn't make sense that increased blood flow alone would relax muscle.
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What Effect Does Skin Redness Have On Underlying Tissue?

When someone applies a rubefacient ( something that increases blood flow to the skin, turning it red), what effect does this have on the underlying tissue? Is blood supply increased radially from ...
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Where does extra blood come from to fill your muscles during exercise?

Let's say I go to the gym and lift some weights an hour. During this time my arms will grow due to the "pump" -- the extra blood rushing in to feed the muscles. For example, I've measured about 2-3 ...
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Model for calculating muscular activity from external measures

A physiologist wants to measure the intensity of the activity of a muscle or muscle group over a certain period of time. But the physiologist cannot measure what happens inside the the muscle itself ...
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Are gizzard muscles voluntary or involuntary?

I started raising chickens this year. They have amazing appetites, and I often wonder what eating is like for them. They have no teeth, so they don't chew their food as they eat it. They do seem to ...
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What neuro-motor diseases cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to malfunction?

Please note: This question is neither homework nor seeking medical advice. I'm simply asking for a factual, objective, biological explanation of the various neuro-motor diseases/illnesses that can act ...
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Catabolism and muscle energy intake

From my own reading, there are three ways used by the body to produce energy: Alactic anaerobic (direct degradation of ATP and creatine phosphate for regeneration of ATP) Lactic anaerobic (breakdown ...
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Does tremor frequency generally increase as Parkinson's disease progresses?

I've been trying to research this question, but most if not all the on-line journals require costly subscription, and the studies that are posted look at tremor frequency with regards to other ...
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Why are our muscles limited to 7 Hertz?

I have heard from a (usually very knowledgeable) friend before, that a human can only tap his fingers 7 times per second. I generalized this to "our muscles are limited to 7 hertz" When my wife ...
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Book recommendation on the human muscle system

I would like to learn more about the exact mechanism behind our movements, especially about what happens during intense training when anaerobic state arises.
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How nerves interact with other cells? [closed]

I read in a book by Mick O'Hare, that injuries inflicted by electric current are caused by tension of your muscles. Is that explainable only with physics or nerves really use electrical signal as ...
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What causes muscles to generate heat on contraction?

I'm curious what the exact cause is of dramatic heat generation that comes along with muscle activity. Can anybody explain this in understandable language?
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Why a continuous supply of energy is needed to support a weight?

What motivates this question is the apparent discrepancy between the concept of Work in physics and in physiology. Work in physics is defined as the dot product of the force applied to move a certain ...
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Is there a way to examine amount of red/white muscle fibers without biopsy?

I want to conduct some research on red and white muscle fibers, why do some people tire during certain movements while others do not. Obviously I can't get a biopsy on the subjects so I wanted to hear ...
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How can octopus walk if muscles can only contract?

From this video it is evident, that octopus can make tentacles push: https://youtu.be/zaE-LwDowcU How is it possible, if it is said, that muscles can only contract? What types of muscles can ...
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How much mechanical stress can a skeletal muscle bear?

In the movie- Saw, for the last trap Bobby was told to insert metallic hooks into his pectoralis major muscle. In his fake story Bobby has raised himself successfully, but when he was "really" ...
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Do muscles still hold glycogen reserves if there is no carbohydrate input

Afaik skeletal muscles take glucose from the blood to store it localy as glycogen, to be used in the case of intensive exercise. Does this still happen if the calorie input is exclusively made up ...
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Why is living muscle tissue seemingly able to restore its shape under force, while dead tissue is not?

When I press my finger, even with relatively little force, into beef or chicken (say, at a grocery store), the indentation remains. When I poke a cow with my finger, the indentation does not remain. ...
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Why do athletes see a dip in performance in their thirties?

I have noticed a lot of athletes hit their prime when they are in their 20s and that by the time they reach their 30s they are past it and start to decline. Great athletes tend to prolong their ...
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How is ATP involved in muscle contraction?

The sliding filament mechanism as explained by my text does not elaborate on how ATP is involved in the cross bridge binding and contraction process. How does muscle contraction utilize ATP? In my ...
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What causes muscle spasms?

What causes muscle spasms with muscles that are not in the heart ? Could it be some sort of stimulus overload that causes a massive contraction?
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What happens when we stretch?

From the wikipedia page on stretching: Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the ...