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Epimysium: Part of the muscle fascia, the epimysium is the most superficial fibrous connective tissue that covers the skeletal muscles of the body. It is sometimes called the deep fascia. The epimysium lies beneath the skin, subcutaneous fat, and the superficial fascia, and surrounds each muscles, forming a protective collagenic sheath that holds the bundles of muscle fibers together. The epimysium, along with perimysium and endomysium, may extend beyond the muscle belly into the tendon, allowing the force of muscular contraction to be transferred through the to the tendon and bone, which results in movement of the bone. In other cases, the epimysium and other fascial tissues form broad fibrous sheets called aponeuroses which may attach to the coverings of nearby muscles.

diagram showing epimysium of muscle

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