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Fasciculation

Synonym(s)

  • muscle fasciculation

Definition(s)

Involuntary contraction of the muscle fibers innervated by a motor unit. Fasciculations can often by visualized and take the form of a muscle twitch or dimpling under the skin, but usually do not generate sufficient force to move a limb. They may represent a benign condition or occur as a manifestation of motor neuron disease or peripheral nervous system diseases. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1294)

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Muscular twitching involving the simultaneous contraction of contiguous groups of muscle fibers.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: November 24, 2014