Striated muscle tissue

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Striated muscle tissue
Skeletal striated muscle.jpg
Micrograph showing skeletal striated muscle (fibularis longus). HPS stain.
Latin textus muscularis striatus
Code TH H2.
Anatomical terminology

Striated muscle tissue is muscle tissue that has repeating sarcomeres, in contrast with smooth muscle tissue. Specifically, striated muscles are:

Contractions in striated muscles are voluntary, except for the heart muscle, in which contractions are involuntary. Cardiac muscle is often treated separately from the other striated muscles, as it has somewhat different characteristics.[1]

Sarcomer is the functional unit of Striated muscles.


  1. ^ "Striated muscle". Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions (9th ed.). 2012.