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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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 Medical professionals believe age and overuse can be key factors in the tendons losing their elasticity and tearing. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: Olympic gold medalist Morolake Akinosun set to battle back from Achilles injury," 13 June 2018 The thoroughbred horse retired from racing with five wins at the young age of 3 after suffering an injury to his tendon at the Kentucky Derby. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Will Justify win the Triple Crown? Meet the undefeated colt that could become a horse racing legend," 4 June 2018 The good news, though, was that her tendon sheaths, which facilitate the movement of the tendons and flexion of the limbs, had been spared. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Red Ruby wins Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico," 19 May 2018 The 27-year-old forward-center was a three-time All-Star with the Kings and was on his way to his fourth appearance before suffering a season-ending injury to his left Achilles' tendon in January. Noel Harris, sacbee, "'The 3rd Splash Brother': DeMarcus Cousins' deal with Warriors has NBA fans talking," 2 July 2018 Foster ruptured his Achilles tendon during the 2015 season, which led to the end of his tenure with the Texans and his eventual retirement one year later following a short stint with the Miami Dolphins. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Arian Foster weighs in on latest J.J. Watt comeback," 29 June 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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