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With regard to biology, flesh is the soft substance of the body of a living thing. In a human or other animal body, this consists of muscle and fat; for vertebrates, this especially includes muscle tissue (skeletal muscle), as opposed to bones and viscera. Animal flesh may be used as food, in which case it is commonly called meat. In plants, "flesh" is similarly used to refer to the soft tissue, particularly where this is the edible part of fruits and vegetables.
Human and non-human animal flesh are culturally significant. In May 2012, the government of South Korea seized thousands of smuggled capsules from Northeastern China filled with powdered human flesh, as part of a crackdown on the consumption of powdered human flesh as a form of folk medicine.
- "Flesh". dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
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