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
Recent Examples of tendon from the Web
He's had some 20 surgeries to transfer and lengthen tendons to give him more mobility.
Strahm sustained a torn patellar tendon on Saturday while leaping for a chopper from the bat of Minnesota’s Miguel Sano, Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Doctors have told Orr that the strength of the tendons and ligaments should protect his C1 vertebra (which is only 80 percent formed), and that’s why Orr was able to get the green light to play.
The contraption, which resembles a harness the Terminator might wear, is built with carbon fiber rods that act as extra artificial tendons, giving store workers bodybuilder strength and, the company hopes, increased productivity.
The doctor saw him right away, and diagnosed the condition as flexor tenosynovitis, an inflammation of the tendon inside of its sheath.
On that trip, one night a plate of fried bees, deer tendon, and goat fetus was delivered.
Take the tendon from the left hamstring and put in the right arm.
There was tendon and nerve damage to her hand and fingers.
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TENDON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tendon for English Language Learners
: a tough piece of tissue in your body that connects a muscle to a bone
TENDON Defined for Kids
Definition of tendon for Students
: a band of tough white fiber connecting a muscle to another part (as a bone)
Word Root of tendon
The Latin word tendere, meaning to “stretch” or “to spread,” and its form tentus give us the roots tend, tent, and tens. Words from the Latin tendere have something to do with stretching or spreading. A tent is a temporary shelter made from stretched out fabric. To distend is to stretch outward and swell in all directions. To extend is to stretch out. A tendon is a cord that connects a muscle to another muscle or to a bone and that stretches allowing a joint to bend. Something tense is stretched tight.
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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