- 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 tendons
And that does not count the human tissue that gets moved around—faces, tendons, bones, skin.How Dick Cheney Got His New Heart
March 26, 2012
So Ellroy sliced away the fat, and many of the tendons, too.Ellroy's American Underworld
September 23, 2009
I jog until my Achilles tendons burn and replace meals with diet shakes that give me gas.My Illegal, Flammable, Fabulous Hair Treatment
July 10, 2009
In small birds it is not necessary to split ball of foot nor to remove these tendons.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
The tendons of his neck stood out white and rigid like whip-cords.Patrick Henry
Moses Coit Tyler
What bones and tendons do you use when you stand on tip-toe?A Handbook of Health
Tendons had been pulled, muscles strained from the force of the ejection.The Quantum Jump
Wash and singe the fowl: take off the head and legs, and remove the tendons.The Italian Cook Book
- 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 tendons
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.