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[mass noun] Muscle tissue in which the contractile fibrils are not highly ordered, occurring in the gut and other internal organs and not under voluntary control.Often contrasted with striated muscle
- ‘The myometrium is a thick coat containing smooth muscle and abundant connective tissues.’
- ‘The inhaled bronchodilators relieve only the airway narrowing from spasm of the bronchial smooth muscle.’
- ‘On the other hand, melatonin reportedly induced contraction of bovine bronchial smooth muscle.’
- ‘Blood vessels only work when both endothelia and vascular smooth muscle are bound together.’
- ‘Topical phenylephrine, which increases the tone of the sphincter smooth muscle, is under development.’
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