ten·​don | \ ˈten-dən How to pronounce tendon (audio) \

Definition of tendon

: a tough cord or band of dense white fibrous connective tissue that unites a muscle with some other part (such as a bone) and transmits the force which the muscle exerts

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By all means, foam roll that tight fascia (connective tissue that attaches your muscles to tendons and bones) to promote blood flow and flexibility of the soft tissue in your tight thighs and calves. SELF, "7 Smart Things You Can Do to Proactively Prevent Running Injuries," 26 Sep. 2018 Advertising In the attack, Kvitova sustained damage to the tendons in her hand, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves, and underwent nearly four hours of surgery. Karel Janicek, The Seattle Times, "Man who stabbed Petra Kvitova gets 8-year prison term," 26 Mar. 2019 Sixers small forward Robert Covington underwent surgery Thursday to repair a tendon in his left middle finger. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Sixers' Robert Covington undergoes surgery on finger," 17 May 2018 In one moment, Hopkins clenched his fist, his neck tendons went taut and out came all of his frustrations when a missed UNC shot sat tantalizing on the rim. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Huskies’ magic dries up as North Carolina gives UW another early exit from NCAA tournament," 24 Mar. 2019 When the Pelicans lost Cousins to a torn Achilles' tendon in late January, it was supposed to derail their playoff prospects. Paul Coro, latimes.com, "Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday & Co. on verge of completing Pelicans' playoff push," 7 Apr. 2018 Then, the single-leg balance portion works your hip flexors, calves, and the stabilizing muscles and tendons around your ankles and knees, says Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Hailey Bieber Strengthens Her Core and Lower Half With This One 4-Part Exercise," 4 Jan. 2019 These robotics are meant to replicate the functionality of muscles, tendons, and ligaments by contracting and relaxing just like ordinary muscles in order to assist motion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic Underwear Wants to Help With Aches, Pains, and Poor Posture," 6 Sep. 2018 In addition, the important biomechanical relationship between the front (big toe) and the back (heel, ankle, Achilles) of the foot is altered, thus resulting in overuse injuries involving tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Turns Out Kanye West’s Too-Small Yeezy Pool Slides Are Dangerous," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of tendon

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tendon

borrowed from Medieval Latin tendōn-, tendō, probably derivative of Latin tendere "to extend outward, stretch" after Greek tenont-, ténōn "sinew, tendon," from ten-, variant stem of teínein "to stretch, extend" + -ont-, -ōn, deverbal noun suffix — more at tender entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of tendon

: a tough piece of tissue in your body that connects a muscle to a bone


ten·​don | \ ˈten-dən How to pronounce tendon (audio) \

Kids Definition of tendon

: a band of tough white fiber connecting a muscle to another part (as a bone)


ten·​don | \ ˈten-dən How to pronounce tendon (audio) \

Medical Definition of tendon

: a tough cord or band of dense white fibrous connective tissue that unites a muscle with some other part, transmits the force which the muscle exerts, and is continuous with the connective-tissue epimysium and perimysium of the muscle and when inserted into a bone with the periosteum of the bone

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