Achilles tendon

noun

Definition of Achilles tendon

: the strong tendon joining the muscles in the calf of the leg to the bone of the heel called also Achilles

First Known Use of achilles tendon

1703

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Achilles tendon

Definition of Achilles tendon for English Language Learners

  • medical : the body part that joins the muscles of the lower leg to the bone of the heel


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Achilles tendon

noun

medical Definition of Achilles tendon

: the strong tendon joining the muscles in the calf of the leg to the bone of the heel called also tendon of Achilles; compare hamstring

Biographical Note for achilles tendon

  • Achilles, Greek mythological character. One of the most illustrious of warriors, Achilles was the offspring of a sea nymph who sought to achieve immortality for her son by dipping him in the river Styx in Hades. Holding Achilles by the heel, she left this one area unprotected. Later, in the Trojan War, he was fatally wounded when an arrow struck the very spot where he was vulnerable. Since classical times, the heel and Achilles have been commonly associated.
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