tendon

[ten-duhn]
noun
1.
Anatomy. a cord or band of dense, tough, inelastic, white, fibrous tissue, serving to connect a muscle with a bone or part; sinew.
2.
a reinforcing strand in prestressed concrete.

Origin:
1535–45; < Medieval Latin tendōn- (stem of tendō) < Greek ténōn sinew (spelling with -d- by association with Latin tendere to stretch)

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tendon (ˈtɛndən)
 
n
a cord or band of white inelastic collagenous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone or some other part; sinew
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin tendō, from Latin tendere to stretch; related to Greek tenōn sinew]

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tendon
1540s, from M.L. tendonem (nom. tendo), altered (by influence of L. tendere "to stretch") of L.L. tenon, from Gk. tenon (gen. tenontos) "tendon, sinew," from teinein "to stretch" (see tenet).
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tendon ten·don (těn'dən)
n.
A band of tough, inelastic fibrous tissue that connects a muscle with its bony attachment and consists of rows of elongated cells, minimal ground substance, and densely arranged, almost parallel, bundles of collageneous fibers.

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tendon   (těn'dən)  Pronunciation Key 
A band of tough, fibrous, inelastic tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. Tendons are made chiefly of collagen.
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tendon definition


A tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscles to bones.

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Example sentences
Physical therapy that stretches and strengthens the muscle and tendon is
  essential.
And he noticed that natural construction tends to favor sinewy materials such
  as wood, muscle, and tendon.
They also can cause liver problems and tendon ruptures.
In a short outpatient procedure, surgeons replace an elbow ligament with a
  tendon from elsewhere in the body.
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