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[ten-duh-nuh s]
  1. of the nature of or resembling a tendon.
  2. consisting of tendons.
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Origin of tendinous

1650–60; < New Latin tendin- (replacing Medieval Latin tendōn-), stem of tendō tendon + -ous
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Historical Examples of tendinous

  • It ends in a tendon which, after passing through the tendinous ring above noticed, divides into two branches.

    Artistic Anatomy of Animals

    douard Cuyer

  • The extreme proximal end is fleshy up to its origin, which is fleshy and tendinous from the vertebrae.

  • In another leg, a fleshy and tendinous slip of pars antica attaches to the deep surface of the insertional tendon of pars postica.

  • Pars dorsalis: The attachment is fleshy and tendinous to the dorsal edge of the tendon of pars postica.

  • Pars ventralis: The attachment is fleshy and tendinous to the ventral edge and the deep surface of the tendon of pars postica.

British Dictionary definitions for tendinous


  1. of, relating to, possessing, or resembling tendons; sinewy
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Word Origin for tendinous

C17: from New Latin tendinōsus, from Medieval Latin tendō tendon
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tendinous in Medicine


  1. Of, having, or resembling a tendon.
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