- Anatomy. a cord or band of dense, tough, inelastic, white, fibrous tissue, serving to connect a muscle with a bone or part; sinew.
- a reinforcing strand in prestressed concrete.
Origin of tendon
Examples from the Web for tendon
Adult actresses are prone to internal tears the way an athlete might be at risk for injuring a tendon.Blood, Sweat and Sex: My Hard Life in Porn
March 18, 2013
One particularly disastrous game sent Gore from the gym to the hospital with a torn Achilles tendon.Where Congressmen Get Buff
June 16, 2011
The bullets of the posse had neither torn a tendon nor broken a bone.Way of the Lawless
"Strained a tendon," he growled, blowing on his numb fingers to warm them.The Lost Despatch
Natalie Sumner Lincoln
The function of this tendon is to flex the foot at the fetlock.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Don't believe I've so much as strained the tendon of a finger.Fred Fenton on the Track
The hind leg must have its tendon of Achilles before it can be finished.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
William T. Hornaday
- a cord or band of white inelastic collagenous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone or some other part; sinew
Word Origin and History for tendon
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).
- 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.
- A band of tough, fibrous, inelastic tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. Tendons are made chiefly of collagen.
A tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscles to bones.