When used in the context of the anatomy of muscle structures, the word striations refers to the stripe-like visual features found in skeletal muscle.
These visual features consist of alternating light and dark striations that can be observed using just a simple light microscope.
Each line or set of lines is given a letter name, which is the accepted way to refer to specific parts of these striations. These letter names are:
Other types of muscle tissue:
There are three main types of muscle tissue.
This section consists of short summaries about the structures that form the muscles of the body. This list is not exhaustive but is intended to be appropriate for students of A-Level Human Biology, ITEC courses in massage and related subjects, and other courses in health sciences. For more general information about muscles see the pages about:
This section is about the
anatomical structures of muscles.
- Anterior Muscles
- Posterior Muscles
- Facial Muscles
- Muscle Terminology (Definitions)
- 1. Structure of Muscle
- 2. Structure of Muscle Cells
- 3. Muscle Filaments
- 4. Sliding Filament Theory
- 5. Neuromuscular Junction
- 6. Actions at Neuromuscular Junction
- Types of Muscle Contractions
- Muscular Disorders
- Effects of exercise on muscles