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The Muscular System by Mind Map: The Muscular System
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The Muscular System

skeletal muscle tissue

long, thin, multi-nucleated fibers

striated

voluntary

contract rapidly

tire easily

arranged into packages called muscles

cardiac muscle tissue

network of fibers connected by gap junctions (intercalated discs)

only found in heart

striated

involuntary

rhythmic contraction set by "pacemaker"

smooth muscle tissue

lack striations

lines walls of internal organs and blood vessels

involuntary control

contractions are slow and sustained

Muscle Functions

movement

locomotion

blood pumping

food digestion

urinating

posture maintenance

joint stability

heat generation (skeletal)