ten·​don | \ˈten-dən \

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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Remember the figure-8 that fastens the tendon to the medial epicondyle, that small bump on your humerus bone? Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "With Violent Elbow Injuries Behind Him, Braves Reliever Dan Winkler Is Pitching Like an All-Star," 4 July 2018 Six days after her crash, Mancari had surgery in Vail, Colorado, to reattach the tendons to her calf muscles, then spent the night at the orthopedic center resting and watching the Olympics on television. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "This snowboarder was days from reaching a childhood dream. Now she’s in Anchorage regrouping.," 27 Mar. 2018 Also unusual: The tendons are removed from the legs, making them as easily carvable as any other part of the bird. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018 The Cardinals' top pitching prospect underwent surgery Wednesday to repair the tendon in his lat muscle, all but ending his season after one start. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Cardinals' Alex Reyes has surgery, will miss rest of 2018 season," 6 June 2018 Nicolas missed last season because of a ruptured patella tendon, suffered in the final game of the 2016 season. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Chiefs-Browns trade that brought tight end to KC is called off | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 For Valencia, Francis Coquelin is out for the rest of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in March. SI.com, "Barcelona vs Valencia Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 13 Apr. 2018 However, if surgery is not performed, the tendon that was not injured can compensate for the injured tendon and most of the biceps strength can be regained with time and physical therapy. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Biceps tendon tear doesn’t always need surgery to be repaired | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 Rotator cuff repairs now include use of specialized grafts laid on top of the tendon to create a scaffold to the bone. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Don’t shoulder the pain," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of tendon

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tendon

Medieval Latin tendon-, tendo, from Latin tendere to stretch — more at thin

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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 \

Kids Definition of tendon

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


ten·​don | \ˈten-dən \

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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