Cells of the human body exhibit three main types of movements, namely, amoeboid, ciliary and muscular.
Some specialised cells in our body like macrophages and leucocytes in blood exhibit amoeboid movement.
It is effected by pseudopodia formed by the streaming of protoplasm (as in Amoeba). Cytoskeletal elements like microfilaments are also involved in amoeboid movement.
Ciliary movement occurs in most of our internal tubular organs which are lined by ciliated epithelium. The coordinated movements of cilia in the trachea help us in removing dust particles and some of the foreign substances inhaled alongwith the atmospheric air.
Passage of ova through the female reproductive tract is also facilitated by the ciliary movement. Movement of our limbs, jaws, tongue, etc, require muscular movement.
The contractile property of muscles are effectively used for locomotion and other movements by human beings and majority of multicellular organisms. Locomotion requires a perfect coordinated activity of muscular, skeletal and neural systems.
In this chapter, you will learn about the types of muscles, their structure, mechanism of their contraction and important aspects of the skeletal system.