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

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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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What are potential side effects of myostatin inhibitors?

Myostatin inhibitors, which are being developed to treat muscle wasting diseases like muscular dystrophy, are likely to be abused by athletes. What are the potential long-term side-effects of taking a ...
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When a muscle contracts, but not all the muscle fibers are activated, what happens to the remaining muscle fibers?

I understand how motor neurons work, but I would like clarification on what exactly is going on when a muscle contracts. For the sake of simplicity, let's just use the bicep as an example. If I do a ...
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Are there genetic causes underlying the difference in circumference of the upper arm and foream?

Is there any genetic reason for the difference in size between the upper arm and lower arm (i.e., the forearm)? In most women, it seems that the upper arm is larger in circumference than the forearm. ...
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What is a complex? [closed]

In my text book it says that "Troponin" is a complex of Troponin C, I and T. In this sense, what is the relation between Troponin complex and C, I, T?
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How do legs of tiny insects/spiders like mosquito/Opiliones work?

I think I understand how legs of humans work. We have bones to which muscles are attached. Muscles can only contract / relax. By the combination of many different muscles we can make complex movements:...
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What do you call that part of the muscle that connects directly to the bone?

When you open up a chicken leg or a clam and you remove the meat, there is this little part that is connected to the bone and is not easily scraped off. What is this part called and what mechanism ...
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Do animal muscles atrophy slower than humans?

Suppose I consider the silver back gorilla as an example. I cannot imagine ever seeing one in the wild intentionally doing something akin to weightlifting like humans solely for the purpose of ...
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What does the term 'glycogen mobilisation' mean?

I read that glycogen is a mobilised store of glucose: Glycogen is a readily mobilized storage form of glucose. It is a very large, branched polymer of glucose residues (Figure 21.1) that can be ...
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Skeletal muscle has got many many peripheral nuclei. What does “peripheral” mean here?

Cardiac muscle has got a central nucleus similar to smooth muscle, but skeletal muscle you may recall has got many many peripheral nuclei. What does "peripheral" mean here?
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How correlated are the lengths of tendons in different part of a human body?

How correlated are the lengths of tendons in different part of a human body? E.g., if the we consider two humans, A, and B. Human A has a patellar tendon of length 2 cm, and human B has a patellar ...
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What is meant by a muscle fiber being glycerinated?

I was popped this questions today, "what is a glycerinated muscle fiber, and what is required for its contraction," and had little idea. I'm assuming the question is "what's required for its ...
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What Causes Shin Splints? [closed]

My shin splints are clearly tied to running. Though the pain level doesn't seem to correlate to my running intensity. So what is it about running that causes shin splints? My real hope is that if I ...
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What are the effects of muscle and fat mass on survivability?

If we have humans A, B and C who are different: A is thin (skinny) without significant muscle or fat mass. B is muscular C is fat Which one of them has the best body for survival in accidents like ...
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Contracting muscles in humans

I study biology at school, and unfortunately for me, my program skips the muscles in humans chapter. I know (and mainly, feel) that the movement in one direction isn't created by the same muscle as ...
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Are your finger muscles and tendons interconnected?

Are finger muscles and tendons interconnected? If they are interconnected, then if i exercise one finger will it train the other fingers since they are interconnected and share the same muscles in the ...
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When muscles contract is the process similar to how non-newtonian fluids react?

I'm trying to understand how muscles contraction/tension works but getting loss in on the cellular level. From my understanding, when muscle tissue need to contract, the cells are flooded with calcium?...
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Myoglobin in meat

When looking at the reason why some meat is white and the rest is red, I found out it is down to the levels of myoglobin as higher levels of myoglobin are found in "slow twitch" muscles. I have also ...
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Pictures of trigger point muscle fascia

Are there any pictures of an actual trigger point looks like? All I am able to find online are animations.
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What is the difference between a “semi-contracted” muscle and a “contracted” muscle?

I read on http://www.spine-health.com/glossary/muscle-tension: Muscle tension refers to the condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. What is the ...
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What makes us “tired” in the gym that forces us to rest? [closed]

If I'm doing push ups or any other of gym exercise, I can do 10 in a row, but each one I do I feel more "tired", but if I rest for 5 minutes, I'm much "full of energy". Please explain me exactly what ...
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What is the state of actin-myosin in my biceps after I have flexed my arm?

When I'm starting to flex my arm, the myosin and actin slide over each other in a ratchet like mechanism. When I've totally flexed my arm, are the actinomyosin left in this contracted state? Since ...
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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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Why use creatine phosphate?

We use creatine phosphate as an energy storage to resupply ADP with a phosphate group as our muscle cells only contain about 2-5 mM ATP. But why doesn't the muscle cells just keep 20-30 mM ATP instead ...
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Does a piezoelectric organic substance exist?

that contracts rapidly, in 10 seconds or less, by .5mm or more, when bombarded by electrons as from a cathode ray tube? or expands? could either be living tissue or dead organic matter. thanks!
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Does ATP production increase with oxygen availability?

I'm not a biologist so pardon any ignorance on my part. I'm working on a speculative evolution project and I'm looking to understand how the partial pressure of oxygen effects the maximum aerobic ...
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Pectoralis muscles as push muscles vs pull muscles

Pectoralis muscles are the adductors, flexors of arm in addition to medial rotators of arm. How does this action translate in to acting as helping in push ups or in bench press? I am having trouble ...
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Suspensory ligaments: why are they ligaments?

Don't ligaments connect bone to bone? In the eye for example, the suspensory ligaments connect the ciliary muscle to the lens, which obviously aren't bones. Is this just one of those instances where ...
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Where does the gluteus medius attach to the greater trochanter compared to the gluteus minimus attachment?

Where does the gluteus medius attach to the greater trochanter of the femur compared to the gluteus minimus attachment? Is it above, below, next to it, etc.? Ideally I'd like to know the distance as ...
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How efficiently does the human body convert the energy stored in fat into kinetic energy?

I read that one gram fat contains 9 kcal energy. There are many tables around claiming that x type of exercise for t duration ...
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Could the protein dystrophin be artificially synthesised?

Could the protein dystrophin be artificially synthesised and if so could patients with DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) benefit from it? //Now I don't have much scientific background other than a ...
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Lengthening muscles not good from evolutional perspective? Why do we do it with explicit stretching?

Stretching has many advantages, among other things it helps us to be flexible in our movement (which is an advantage?!). But why do we need to actively stretch, it seems that the body wants to ...
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What is the difference between endomysium and sarcolemma [closed]

They both are lining of muscles so how can we differentiate these two? Please answer in simple terms.
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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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Does repolarization of muscle fibers mean that the muscle bundle is relaxed?

If I flex my bicep and continue to contract it does it mean that the muscle cells are in depolarizing state and not repolarizing?
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Molecular cause of cramps, spasms and strengthening in muscles? (incl. intro to muscle contraction)

When motor neurons are stimulated to trigger an action potential, this potential propagates down the spine, eventually reaching a neuromuscular junction, causing the release of acetylcholine (ACh). ...
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What mammals can rotate and move their ears the most?

I found out that rabbits can rotate their ears 270 degrees, and also move them up, down and independently. Are there any other mammals that can control their ears' position that well, or even better?
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Question on thick filaments

In this photo, I know that the arrows pointing towards the M-line of sarcomere on actin filaments are due to the power strokes of myosin heads. However, what I don't understand are the arrows on the ...
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what powers power strokes

I am wondering what really powers the myosin head to undergo the power stroke to push the actin filaments towards the M-line. I have 2 thoughts: when ATP in the myosin head gets hydrolyzed, the ...
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Why didn't more muscles evolve the endurance of heart muscle? [closed]

The heart is a muscle capable of both the quick contraction of white muscle cells, and also the endurance of red muscle cells. Why haven't more muscles in the body adapted the same combo of abilities? ...
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Are there any detrimental effects to long term electrical muscle stimulation?

I know that different types of electrical stimulation can be used in fields such as physical therapy to get muscles to contract. However, these electrical stimulation sessions are not prolonged and ...
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ATP and Muscle Contraction

I have a question regarding how molecular interactions manifest in physical actions - such as hanging from a bar. To the best of my understanding, when it comes to the contraction of muscles, ATP is ...
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What trajectory do action potentials take, from initial visual stimulus all the way to motor function?

Say we see a mosquito, and our brain tells us 'hey that's a mosquito, you should kill it.' Then we move our hands and slap/clap it. The initial visual stimulus is translated to an action potential ...
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For each movement performed by both the gluteus minimus and medius, what percentage of the movement do the gluteus minimus and medius account for?

From what I read on Wikipedia, all functions of the gluteus minimus are mirrored by the gluteus medius. Additionally, the gluteus medius is larger than the gluteus minimus (see comparative images here)...
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Can one assess muscle strength through imaging (e.g., MRI)? If so, though which type of imaging and how accurate is it?

Can one assess muscle strength through imaging (e.g., MRI)? If so, though which type of imaging and how accurate is it? On How does muscle size relate to strength?, I read this answer from Moses (...
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Are there known counterexamples to Hennman's size principle for muscle unit recruitment?

It is known that generally muscle units are recruited from small to large, and that typically also means slow to fast twitch. This principle is called Hennman's size principle. I've seen many ...
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Contracting mouth muscles as reaction to taking in specific food items

When eating very specific food items, especially confectionery like (salty) liquorice, (it feels as if) the muscles of my mouth contract, right when it hits my tongue. Does anyone know why this ...
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What is official term for contraction induced muscle “vibration”?

I can activate my tensor tympani muscles at will, it makes me hear rumbling bass sound becose the muscles "shiver / "vibrate" when contracted. Also when I put cleched fist to my ear I can hear it too. ...
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does being battered build muscle?

My crude understanding of how people normally go about building muscle is something like this following 2 step process: 1) a person can lift weights (for example), which tears muscle and stimulates ...
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Difference between reciprocal inhibition and regular muscle movement?

I was looking into a condition I have, anterior pelvic tilt, quite a bit. I ran into a website describing part of the issue as reciprocal inhibition. This was my confusion: Reciprocal inhibition, ...