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Three Basic Muscle Types

Smooth or visceral muscle, cardiac muscle, skeletal or somatic muscle

Cardiac muscle

forms the bulk of the heart.

Smooth or visceral muscle

muscle found in the walls of the hollow internal organs of the body such as stomach and blood vessels

skeletal muscle

lies deep to the skin and is attached to bones

The muscular system

consists only of the type of muscle that is attached to bones and its associated connective tissue.


are muscle cells that are arranged in parallel bundles to form a muscle unit.


groups of fibers

Deep Fascia

connective tissue surrounding skeletal muscle


a narrow band of deep fascia that extends from a muscle to a bone, strong connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone


Broad, flat, sheet like connective tissue that connects muscles to a bone or another muscle


primary function of muscular system.


various types of body movements


the muscle that remains stable


the mobile end of the muscle that shortens

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