smooth muscle

smooth muscle
1. a muscle that contracts without conscious control and found in walls of internal organs such as stomach and intestine and bladder and blood vessels (excluding the heart)
Syn: ↑involuntary muscle
Hypernyms: ↑muscle, ↑musculus
2. muscle tissue that does not appear striated under the microscope; has the form of thin layers or sheets
Hypernyms: ↑muscle, ↑muscular tissue
Part Meronyms: ↑smooth muscle cell

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ˌsmooth ˈmuscle 7 [smooth muscle] noun uncountable (anatomy)
the type of muscle found in the organs inside the body, that is not under conscious control

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