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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He was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon, which can be a precursor to needing eventual Tommy John surgery. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Dodgers Dugout: You kids can stay on my lawn," 25 June 2019 Placed on injured reserve with a torn patellar tendon that required surgery to repair the damage last season, the former fourth-round draft pick from San Jose State is entering his third NFL season. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans RB/KR Tyler Ervin cleared medically," 13 June 2018 There are four main tissue options for surgery: kneecap tendon with bone attached at both ends, hamstring tendons, quadriceps tendon or tissue from another body. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive.com, "Klay Thompson’s torn ACL: How rehabilitation and return might go for the Golden State Warriors guard," 17 June 2019 The issue was dramatized when the WNBA’s reigning MVP, Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm, tore her Achilles tendon during April’s EuroLeague championship game. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "WNBA players risk injury overseas, but they'll keep playing in those leagues," 7 June 2019 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

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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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