How Did Muscles Get Their Name, What Does it Mean, and Where Did the Word Come From?

In the average adult male body, there are forty-five pounds of bone compared to sixty-five pounds of muscle.

The average female is 15 percent less.

We call them muscles because when a Roman physician saw how they rippled under the skin when flexed, it reminded him of the skittering of a small mouse, or musculus, and so that’s what he called them.

how did muscles get their name what does it mean and where did the word come from scaled

En route to English, the small mouse musculus became muscle.

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