The Muscles - Skeletal muscle

Such muscles are called, collectively, skeletal muscle . They are also called voluntary muscles because, for the most part, we can choose when we want them to act and what we want them to do—drive a car, kick a football, turn a page, jump a brook, ride a bicycle. Skeletal muscle also goes by two other names, based on its appearance under a microscope—striped and striated.

Skeletal, voluntary, striped, striated—all refer to the same general type of muscle. To avoid confusion, the term used throughout this section is skeletal muscle.

Muscles of the Abdomen and Thorax

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