tendon

[ ten-duh n ]
/ ˈtɛn dən /

noun

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for tendon

tendon

/ (ˈtɛndən) /

noun

a cord or band of white inelastic collagenous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone or some other part; sinew

Word Origin for tendon

C16: from Medieval Latin tendō, from Latin tendere to stretch; related to Greek tenōn sinew
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Medicine definitions for tendon

tendon

[ tĕndən ]

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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Science definitions for tendon

tendon

[ tĕndən ]

A band of tough, fibrous, inelastic tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. Tendons are made chiefly of collagen.

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Culture definitions for tendon

tendon

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


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