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Muscle: Flex Your Mouse


Roll up your sleeve past your bicep, flex your arm at the elbow, and squeeze — or contract — your bicep muscle. Take a look at it. Now, relax it — keep looking at it, and contract again. Squeeze. And relax. What do you see? Movement, right? Do you see an animal? Well, some anatomist did when the word muscle was coined.

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In This Episode

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talks about the mouse in our muscles.

  • The Proto-Indo-European root of the word muscle in Latin, Sanskrit, Old Norse, Old Frisian, Ancient Greece, Old English
  • How the Latin word mus builds such words muscle and mussel
  • How the Greek word myo builds such words as myocardium and fibromyalgia 
  • How the words musk and muscatel are animalogies

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