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End of Chapter 9 muscles and muscle tissue

Muscle Tension
force exerted by a contracting muscle on an object
opposing force exerted on the muscle by the weight of the object to be moved
motor unit
consists of a motor neuron and all the muscle fiber it supplies. when a motor neuron fires(transmits action potential) all the muscle fibers it innervates contract
Latent period
first few milliseconds following stimulation when excitation-contraction coupling is occurring. During this period, muscle tension is beginning to increase but no response is seen on the myogram
Period of contraction
when cross-bridges are active, from the onset to the peak of tension development,
Period of relaxation
relaxation, reentry of Ca2+ into the SR
graded muscle response
muscle contraction graded in 2 ways
1) by changing the frequency of stimulation
2) changing the strength of stimulation
Temporal or wave summation
occurs because the second contraction occur before the muscle has completely relaxed.
unfused or incomplete tetanus
stimulus strength is held constant and the muscle is stimulated at an increasingly faster rate. sustained but quivering contraction
fused or complete tetanus
all evidence of muscle relaxation disappears and contractions fuse in a smooth sustained contraction plateau
Subthreshold stimuli
stimuli that produce no observable contraction
Threshold stimulus
the stimulus at which the first observable contraction occurs
maximal stimulus
strongest stimulus that produces increased contractile force.
isotonic contraction
(same tension) muscle length changes and moves the load
Isotonic-Concentric contractions
muscle shortens and does work (picking up a book or kicking a ball)
Isotonic-Eccentric contractions
muscle generates force as it lengthen. important for coordination and poseful movements. (walking up a heal...calf muscle)
Isometric contraction
tension may build up but muscle neither shortens or lengthens. load that is trying to be lifted is too heavy (trying to lift a piano)
aerobic respiration
requires oxygen and involves a sequence of chemical reactions in which the bonds of fuel molecules are broken and the energy released is used to make ATP
aerobic endurance
length of time a muscle can continue to contract using aerobic pathways
anaerobic threshold
the point at which muscle metabolism convertss to anaerobic glycolysis.
muscle fatigue
physiological inability to contract even though muscle is receiving stimuli
continuous contraction because cross bridges are unable to detach
Oxygen deficit
extra amount of oxygen for totally aerobic muscle activity and the amount actually used
force of muscle contraction affected by
1) number of muscle fibers stimulated
2) relative size of fibers
3) frequency of stimulation
4) degree of muscle stretch
release neurotransmitter into a wide synaptic cleft.
pouchlike foldings that sequester bits of extracellular fluid containing a high concentration of Ca2+ close to the membrane