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 Tyquan Lewis’s recovery from the patellar tendon that ended his 2021 season appears to still be ahead of schedule. The Indianapolis Star, 10 Aug. 2022 Simply rising up and down on the ball of the foot works the outer leg, and forearm side planks strengthen the tendon under the arch as well as the leg muscles. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 Cody Bellinger missed his second game in a row because of a strained abductor tendon. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 Eloy Jiménez has been on the IL since April 24 with a torn right hamstring tendon. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2022 And then ace Lance Lynn suffered a torn tendon in his right knee and will be out six to eight weeks. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2022 Conenello educates the athlete, therapist and retailer on how to apply a gradual, progressive load to the tendon. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 10 Sep. 2019 Florida Panthers winger Anthony Duclair had surgery to repair his Achilles’ tendon and is expected to return midseason in 2022-23. BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2022 Making matters worse, Thompson ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in a workout before the start of last season, and Golden State fell short of making the playoffs again. New York Times, 13 June 2022 See More

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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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“Tendon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tendon. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tendon


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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