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muscular

[muhs-kyuh-ler] /ˈmʌs kyə lər/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to muscle or the muscles:
muscular strain.
2.
dependent on or affected by the muscles:
muscular strength.
3.
having well-developed muscles; brawny.
4.
vigorously and forcefully expressed, executed, performed, etc., as if by the use of a great deal of muscular power:
a muscular response to terrorism.
5.
broad and energetic, especially with the implication that subtlety and grace are lacking:
a muscular style.
6.
reflected in physical activity and work:
a muscular religion.
7.
Informal. having or showing power; powerful:
a muscular vehicle.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Latin mūscul(us) muscle + -ar1
Related forms
muscularity, noun
muscularly, adverb
intermuscular, adjective
intermuscularly, adverb
intermuscularity, noun
nonmuscular, adjective
nonmuscularly, adverb
postmuscular, adjective
submuscular, adjective
submuscularly, adverb
unmuscular, adjective
unmuscularly, adverb
Synonyms
3. sinewy; strong, powerful; stalwart, sturdy.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-muscular

muscular

/ˈmʌskjʊlə/
adjective
1.
having well-developed muscles; brawny
2.
of, relating to, or consisting of muscle
Derived Forms
muscularity (ˌmʌskjʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
muscularly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin muscularis, from musculusmuscle
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Word Origin and History for non-muscular

muscular

adj.

1680s, "pertaining to muscles," from Latin musculus (see muscle (n.)) + -ar. Earlier in same sense was musculous (early 15c.). Meaning "having well-developed muscles" is from 1736. Muscular Christianity (1857) is originally in reference to philosophy of Anglican clergyman and novelist Charles Kingsley (1819-1875). Muscular dystrophy attested from 1886.

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non-muscular in Medicine

muscular mus·cu·lar (mŭs'kyə-lər)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or consisting of muscle.

  2. Having or characterized by well-developed muscles.

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