Basic Histology -- Skeletal Muscle, Cross Section Next Home Back

When skeletal muscle is cut in cross-section, you can appreciate all the cables pulling in the same direction.

The only place you're likely to see interlacing bundles of skeletal muscle is in the tongue. Why?

This is skeletal muscle cut transversely ("cross-wise"). This makes it very easy to see the nuclei at the edges of the fibers. However, you cannot see the cross-striations.

Most of the small blood vessels are cut in cross-section.

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