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

Examples of tendon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Durant, who could have come back from his Achilles’ tendon injury with the mobility of Arvydas Sabonis, is instead as close to unstoppable as a scorer ever has been. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 Oladipo ruptured his right quadriceps tendon in 2019 while with the Indiana Pacers. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 The Miami Heat announced Wednesday that guard Victor Oladipo has decided to undergo surgery on his right quadriceps tendon Thursday and is out for the season. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 12 May 2021 The forward suffered an avulsion fracture in his right knee involving the right patella tendon on May 16 in Chicago. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 June 2021 Unlike Oladipo’s previous procedure on the tendon while with the Indiana Pacers, which had him out for a calendar year until January 2020, the recovery window is not expected to be as severe. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 14 May 2021 The torn tendon was painful, but people could still visit. Belinda Luscombe, Time, 17 Apr. 2021 Soroka’s return from Achilles’ tendon surgery, perhaps by late May, would be a huge boost for the Braves. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 Moore said Jones has a patellar tendon injury and she's listed as day to day. Kristie Rieken, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Tendon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tendon. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for tendon



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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