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One of the segments defined by Z disks in a skeletal muscle fibril.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a muscle-fiber segment between two dark Z bands that is the main recurring structural unit of myofibrils. Each sarcomere includes a single dark anisotropic A band and two light isotropic I disks. In the middle of each sarcomere is a narrow light H band containing a dark central M band.

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