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Muscular System
The skeletal muscles of the body are voluntary muscles, subject to conscious control.  They exhibit the properties of excitability, meaning they react to nerve stimulus.  Once stimulated, skeleton muscles are quick to contract and can relax and very quickly be ready for another contraction.  There are 501 separate skeletal muscles that provide contractions for movement, coordinated support for posture, and heat production.  Muscles connect to bones by way of tendons.

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