Skeletal system includes all the bones that form the framework of the human structure. Skeletal muscles are voluntary muscles that form an integral part of it.
Skeletal muscles are the muscles attached to the bones helping them in movement. These voluntary muscles are found in all the body parts with bones and can move under our will and control. Skeletal muscles examples include head, neck, extremities, spine, chest, and pelvis.
Skeletal muscles like smooth and cardiac muscles appear as bands under the microscope and are also called striated muscles. So the structure of skeletal muscle is typically a structure of striated muscle type. These muscles are long and thin fibers that are multinucleated with alternating red and white lines.
The structure of skeletal muscle includes both macroscopic and microscopic features.
Four hundred types of skeletal muscles in the body range in different shapes, sizes, and functions. Most of the skeletal muscles are attached to bones by tendons and ligaments.
The two types of muscle fibers are aerobic and anaerobic: red, slow twitching with sustained muscular activity, and white, fast-twitch with rapid and transient muscular activity, respectively.
The myofibrils of muscle fibers are made of two types of proteins- thin actin proteins and thick myosin proteins. This alternating protein arrangement in the muscle fibers gives the striated appearance under the microscope for skeletal and other striated muscles.
The muscle fibers or the muscle cells are surrounded by a plasma membrane called the sarcolemma, and the cytoplasm is called sarcoplasm. They have more representation by specialized smooth endoplasmic reticulum that stores higher calcium levels and is called sarcoplasmic reticulum.
Calcium is the messenger chemical involved in the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
The functional unit of the muscle cell or muscle fiber is called the sarcomere, which is the complex arrangement of the proteins constituting the muscle.
The skeletal muscle is a complex of all the muscles which performs tasks like walking, running, and lifting through two simple and alternating processes - contraction and relaxation.
1. What is the skeletal muscle function?
It helps in the coordinated movement of the bones to will and control. The muscles in the extremities are typical examples of skeletal muscles.
2. What are the three types of skeletal muscles and examples?
The skeletal muscle is represented by the limbs' muscles of the heart represents the cardiac muscles, and the stomach muscles represent the smooth muscles.
3. What is the strongest muscle in the human body?
The strongest muscle of the human body is the muscle of the jaw that helps in mastication.
4. Where is a skeletal muscle found?
The skeletal muscles are always found in association with the bones of the body.
5. What are the six major functions of muscles?
The six major functions of the skeletal muscles are to
6. What cells are found in skeletal muscle?
The skeletal muscle comprises the muscle fibers or myofibrils whose fundamental unit is the sarcomere.
7. What makes up skeletal muscle?
The skeletal muscles are sarcoplasm rich in sarcoplasmic reticulum enriched with calcium and have many nuclei, hence, multinucleate.
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