One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin layer of striated muscle in the superficial fascia of most mammals other than the higher primates.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From post-classical Latin panniculus carnosus (I. Berengario da Carpi Isagogae Breves sig. Aiiiiv) from post-classical Latin panniculus + classical Latin carnōsus.
panniculus carnosus/pəˌnɪkjʊləs kɑːˈnəʊsəs//pəˌnɪkjʊləs kɑːˈnəʊzəs/
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