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A new study has discovered a powerful force that is now driving evolution on Earth.

What is the strongest muscle in the human body?

From babies to bodybuilders, we all have muscles. They will grow up, bulge, stretch, and sometimes even pull painfully. But for all the work they have done for us, we still cannot call them the strongest.

Instead depending on how strength is measured, some muscles may receive titles.

According to Gray’s Anatomy, the anatomy textbook, if the title is the muscle that can exert the most strength, the winner will be the soleus or calf muscle. Without this muscle, we would not be able to stand, walk, run or shake the body on the dance floor. If the soleus muscle is not pulled continuously, we will always fall over ourselves (although some of us do it from time to time).

But maybe the title should belong to the muscle that exerts the most pressure. Pressure is different from force-pressure takes into account the area over which the force is applied. According to the book "Clinical Stomatology" (Reed Educational and Professional Publishing, 1998), the muscle that is awarded for providing the most pressure is the masseter or mandibular muscle.

In 1986, Richard Hofmann of Lake City, Florida, achieved a bite force of 975 pounds (442 kg) in two seconds, setting a Guinness record. Talk about the chin! Thanks to the masseter muscle, the jaw can bite and chew.

Others may argue that the muscles used during childbirth are the most powerful. Specifically, the ability of the myometrium or uterine muscles to contract and relax makes human fertility possible. But because these muscles are infrequently used and highly dependent on the interaction of hormones and biochemical factors, some people think that the myometrium is the strongest muscle.

When it comes to versatility, perhaps the tongue is the strongest muscle. The combination of its elasticity and power allows us to talk, eat and kiss-all the things we want very much on our first date. No matter how dexterous it is, its strength is not as powerful as the strength of muscles such as the soleus muscle.

If you win the game slowly and steadily, then the heart is definitely a strong contender for the championship. Electrical impulses in the heart muscle (the muscular wall of the heart) make your heart beat. When it contracts, the muscle pumps out about 2 ounces (59 millilitres) of blood and continues to work throughout its life. It beats about 40 million times a year, and by the 70th birthday, a person's heart will beat about 2.5 billion times.

The largest muscle in the human body is the gluteus maximus or buttocks. This muscle helps keep the torso upright, and stronger gluteal muscles keep a person strong.

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