Muscular System

Organization of Muscles

What are some examples of muscles named on the basis of their shape?

Early anatomists often named muscles based upon their resemblance to common shapes. Some muscles named in this manner include the deltoid (a shoulder muscle that gets its name from the Greek delt, meaning “triangle” and oid, meaning “like,” and the trapezeius (another shoulder muscle whose name derives from the Greek word trapez, meaning “table”.


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