vestigial muscle

ves·tig·i·al mus·cle

an imperfect structure in humans corresponding to a functioning muscle in the lower animals.
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3) In two forearms of a specimen, a small vestigial muscle was observed in the proximal part to the ulnar head of the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle, located between the olecranon and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, covering the ulnar nerve (Fig.
About 85% of people have what is called a palmaris longus, a vestigial muscle running from the elbow to the heel of the hand.
Often dismissed as a small, vestigial muscle, injury of the plantaris muscle should actually be included in differential considerations of the painful calf.
Therefore, these results suggest that the activity of the MocuMA 1 promoter is somewhat "leaky" in some cell types, as is the transcription of Ache genes in vestigial muscle cells of several anural ascidian species (Whittaker, 1979; Jeffery and Swalla, 1990b; and Bates and Mallett, 1991).
This muscle is not found in the domestic ruminants, only in domestic carnivores, and in the llama it has the appearance of a vestigial muscle.