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 Oladipo has been recovering from a torn right quad tendon in his knee, playing 13 games after coming back in January. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Victor Oladipo plans increase in activity with Pacers next week according to a report," 21 June 2020 The Eagles lost Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks for the season to a torn Achilles’ tendon. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Here is what the NFL and NFLPA need to figure out before training camps open," 20 June 2020 Studies of their use in the conflict in Kashmir have shown that rubber bullets can cause fractures, nerve and tendon injuries, and infections. Michael Ciaglo, National Geographic, "From tear gas to rubber bullets, here’s what ‘nonlethal’ weapons can do to the body," 5 June 2020 When surgery is performed, about 10% to 15% of the tendon can be peeling off the bone. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "NFL doctor: Post-surgery prognosis for 49ers’ Dee Ford is promising," 8 June 2020 Brian Whyers, who lives in Evanston, was in a bike accident about five years ago that shattered both bones in his right arm, dislocated his elbow and ripped tendons and nerves. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago musicians reach out to 15-year-old Rylan Wilder, guitarist whose arm was badly damaged by gunfire. ‘There’s a whole network to lift him up'," 28 Nov. 2019 Alexis Sanchez has been dealt a major blow after it was confirmed the on-loan Inter forward sustained dislocated ankle tendons while on international duty with Chile. SI.com, "Alexis Sanchez Set for Spell on Sidelines as On-Loan Inter Star Sustains Ankle Injury With Chile," 13 Oct. 2019 However, if the tear is close to where the muscle meets the tendon, healing will be faster and physical therapy can start early and aggressively. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard’s groin injury: How these injuries are treated, what kind of recovery timeline to expect," 13 Feb. 2020 During Rodgers’s surgery, before attaching the patella tendon as the new ACL, Martin soaked the tendon in liquid containing stem cells excavated from the player’s bone marrow. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "How Amari Rodgers Beat the Odds With a Remarkably Fast ACL Recovery," 26 Sep. 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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The first known use of tendon was in 1541

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tendon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tendon. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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