The Skeletal Muscle

Each skeletal muscle is an individual organ of the human body. Each is made up of several types of tissues--mainly, striated muscle fibers and FCT (fibrous connective tissue). Each is attached to and moves bones. Bones are parts of the skeleton serving as levers.

a. General Construction of a Skeletal Muscle. The large portion of a muscle is known as its belly or fleshy belly. This muscle is attached to bones by tendons or aponeuroses. Tendons and aponeuroses are similar to each other. However, tendons are cord-like and aponeuroses are broad and flat. The fleshy portion may be directly connected to the bone. If so, it is called a "fleshy attachment."

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