Did You Know? The word “muscle” comes from a Latin term meaning “little mouse.”
Bend your arm at the elbow and flex. What do you see when you look at your bicep? Do you see a mouse? The ancient Romans did! According to Merriam-Webster., the Ancient Romans saw the resemblance of a tiny rodent, which is why it’s called a “muscle,” a word derived from the Latin term musculus—meaning “little mouse,”
Here are a few trivia facts about muscles:
- The smallest muscle in the human body is the stapedius in the middle ear. It is only about 1.5 centimeters long.
- The most significant muscle in the human body is the gluteus maximus or the buttocks muscle. It is also one of the strongest muscles in the body.
- The strongest muscle in the human body is the masseter muscle, located in the jaw and responsible for chewing.
- Muscles make up about 40% of a person’s total body weight.
- Muscles can only pull; they cannot push. This is why we have pairs of muscles that work together to move our limbs in opposite directions.
- The term “muscle memory” refers to the ability of our muscles to remember and repeat movements that we have practiced many times, such as playing an instrument or typing on a keyboard.
- When we shiver, our muscles produce heat to keep our bodies warm.
- The word “muscle” comes from the Latin word “musculus”, which means “little mouse”. Ancient Romans thought some muscles looked like little mice running under the skin.
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