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muscle spindle

noun
1.
Cell Biology. a proprioceptor in skeletal muscle, composed of striated muscle fibers and sensory nerve endings in a connective tissue sheath, that conveys information via the spinal nerves on the state of muscle stretch, important in the reflex mechanism that maintains body posture.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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muscle-spindle in Medicine

muscle spindle n.
A stretch receptor found in vertebrate muscle.

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