There are various specialized forms of myocytes: cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle cells. They have different structures. The striated or striped cells of cardiac and skeletal muscles are called muscle fibers.
Cardiomyocytes are the muscle fibres which form the chambers of the heart. They have a single central nucleus. Skeletal muscle fibers help support and move the body. They usually have peripheral nuclei.
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- Myocytes at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
- "Muscle tissues".
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