muscular tone


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muscular tone

Etymology: L, musculus + Gk, tonos, stretching
a normal degree of tension in muscles at rest.

muscular tone

The state of slight contraction usually present in muscles that contributes to posture and coordination; the ability of a muscle to resist a force for a considerable period without change in length.
See also: tone
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While these machines may improve muscular tone in some people, they are not a substitute for good exercise, and won't give you biceps like Arnie
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