Ciliary muscle

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Ciliary muscle

(Science: anatomy) The smooth muscle of the ciliary body; it consists of circular fibres (Muller's muscle) and radiating fibres (meridional fibres, or Brucke's muscle); action, in contracting, its diameter is reduced (like a sphincter), reducing tensile (stretching) forces on lens, allowing it to thicken for near vision (accommodation).

Synonym: musculus ciliaris, bowmans muscle, ciliary ligament.