|1.||anatomy any of the tendons at the back of the kneeRelated: popliteal|
|2.||the large tendon at the back of the hock in the hind leg of a horse, etc|
|—vb , -strings, -stringing, -strung|
|3.||to cripple by cutting the hamstring of|
|4.||to ruin or thwart|
hamstring ham·string (hām'strĭng')
Any of the tendons at the rear hollow of the human knee.
hamstrings The hamstring muscle.
The large tendon in the back of the hind tarsal joint of the quadruped.
|hamstring (hām'strĭng') Pronunciation Key
A powerful group of muscles at the back of the thigh that arise in the hip and pelvis and insert as strong tendons behind the knee. The hamstring bends the knee and helps to straighten the hip.