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tendon

[ten-duh n] /ˈtɛn dən/
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
1535-1545
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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Examples from the web for tendons
  • We can then add material that will act as muscles, skin and tendons.
  • Doctors then inject the cells to treat fractures, torn tendons and other ailments.
  • Another source of popping and cracking sounds is the tendons and ligaments near the joint.
  • These form at the attachments of ligaments or tendons.
  • The tendons sewn together and the small bones healed, that your hand might close on a pencil again or hold a cup.
  • Although a country's financial tendons may heal suspiciously quickly, they are permanently weakened each time they snap.
  • As the tendons cross the interphalangeal joints, they furnish them with dorsal ligaments.
  • Its chief strengthening bands are derived from the fascia lata and from the tendons surrounding the joint.
  • When strong tendons or ligaments are attached to a bone, the periosteum is incorporated with them.
  • The tendons of striated muscle and muscle sheaths are richly supplied.
British Dictionary definitions for tendons

tendon

/ˈtɛndən/
noun
1.
a cord or band of white inelastic collagenous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone or some other part; sinew
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin tendō, from Latin tendere to stretch; related to Greek tenōn sinew
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Word Origin and History for tendons

tendon

n.

1540s, from Medieval Latin tendonem (nominative tendo), altered (by influence of Latin tendere "to stretch") of Late Latin tenon, from Greek tenon (genitive tenontos) "tendon, sinew," from teinein "to stretch" (see tenet).

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tendons in Medicine

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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tendons in Science
tendon
  (těn'dən)   
A band of tough, fibrous, inelastic tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. Tendons are made chiefly of collagen.
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tendons in Culture

tendon definition


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

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