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date: 04 February 2023

muscle fibre 

The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Michael Kent

In skeletal muscle, a single, multinucleated cell which appears banded or striated when viewed under a light microscope. A single muscle contains between 10 000 and 450 000 fibres. Each muscle fibre is less than 0.1 mm in diameter, but most extend the length of the muscle. This means that a fibre in the thigh may be more than 35 cm long. Several systems have been used to classify muscle fibre type, but most recognize three main types: two types of ... ...

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