retinaculum

noun
ret·​i·​nac·​u·​lum | \ ˌre-tə-ˈna-kyə-ləm How to pronounce retinaculum (audio) \
plural retinacula\ ˌre-​tə-​ˈna-​kyə-​lə How to pronounce retinacula (audio) \

Definition of retinaculum

: any of several fibrous bands of fascia that pass over or under tendons (as at or near the ankle or wrist) and help to keep them in place

First Known Use of retinaculum

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retinaculum

New Latin, from Latin, halter, cable, from retinēre to hold back — more at retain

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retinaculum

noun
ret·​i·​nac·​u·​lum | \ -ləm How to pronounce retinaculum (audio) \
plural retinacula\ -​lə How to pronounce retinacula (audio) \

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