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Skeletal Muscle

  • Y. C. Fung


So far we have dealt with the passive properties of tissues. Now we shall consider tissues capable of active contraction. These are, of course, the muscles. There are three kinds of muscles: skeletal, heart, and smooth muscles. Skeletal muscle makes up a major part of the animal body. It is the prime mover of animal locomotion. It is controlled by voluntary nerves. It has the feature that if it is stimulated at a sufficiently high frequency, it can generate a maximal tension, which remains constant in time. It is then said to be tetanized. The activity of the contracting mechanism is then thought to be maximal.


Motor Unit Muscle Length Sarcomere Length Contractile Element Myosin Filament 
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  • Y. C. Fung
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  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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