mechanical advantage(redirected from Ideal mechanical advantage)
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Etymology: Gk, mechane, machine; L, abante, superior position
the ratio of the output force developed by a muscle to the input force applied to the body structure that the muscle moves. Variations in the sizes of muscles and the lengths of bones in different individuals partially account for the differences in mechanical advantage and physical capabilities, such as speed and strength, among body types.