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Musculoskeletal System : An Overview


The musculoskeletal system is composed of two systems – the muscular system and the skeletal system because of the main common functions of the  two systems are movement and support.

Primarily, the roles of the musculoskeletal system are movement and support, but the system also performs the following functions:

Human skeletal system

Bone, or osseous tissue, is a hard, dense connective tissue that forms most of the adult skeleton, the support structure of the body. In the areas of the skeleton where bones move (for example, the rib cage and joints), cartilage, a semi-rigid form of connective tissue, provides flexibility and smooth surfaces for movement. The skeletal system is the body system composed of bones and cartilage and performs the following critical functions for the human body:

Human Muscular system

The muscular system is comprised of the sum total of muscles throughout the body that move the skeleton, maintain posture through steady contraction, and generate heat through cell metabolism. Humans have three types of muscle.

There are three types of muscle tissue:

Skeletal muscle


          Smooth muscle

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