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[ep-uh-miz-ee-uh m, -mizh-] /ˌɛp əˈmɪz i əm, -ˈmɪʒ-/
noun, plural epimysia
[ep-uh-miz-ee-uh, -mizh-] /ˌɛp əˈmɪz i ə, -ˈmɪʒ-/ (Show IPA).
the sheath of connective tissue around a muscle.
1895-1900; Neo-Latin, irregular from epi- + Greek mŷs mouse, muscle (cf. myo-) + -ium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for epimysium
  • Each muscle is surrounded by a connective tissue sheath called the epimysium.
  • Fascia, connective tissue outside the epimysium, surrounds and separates the muscles.
  • Many bundles, or fasciculi, are wrapped together by the epimysium to form a whole muscle.
British Dictionary definitions for epimysium


noun (pl) -sia (-zɪə)
(anatomy) the sheath of connective tissue that encloses a skeletal muscle
Word Origin
from New Latin, from epi- + Greek mus mouse, muscle
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epimysium in Medicine

epimysium ep·i·mys·i·um (ěp'ə-mĭz'ē-əm, -mĭzh'ē-)
n. pl. ep·i·mys·i·a (-mĭz'ē-ə, -mĭzh'-)
The external sheath of connective tissue surrounding a muscle.

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