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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Achilles tendon
▪ The treatment of tendon injuries in competition horses is much argued about amongst horse owners and equine veterinary surgeons.
▪ Bubka never even got to try one vault Wednesday after aggravating an Achilles' tendon injury during warm-ups.
▪ The 18-year-old from North Shields beat off eight opponents and a tendon injury to take the lead after the opening compulsory figures.
▪ He missed last term with a tendon injury and begins the season on a mark of 118.
▪ Kevin Smith, still recuperating from a ruptured Achilles' tendon, faces a future very much in doubt.
▪ Diana fell badly on the ski slopes, tearing all the tendons in her left ankle.
▪ Pope injured his right foot, tearing the tendons that hold the bones in place.
▪ Derek Waugh, a Customs officer, tore a tendon in his shoulder play-ing golf in 1990.
▪ When I was 14 I tore a tendon and was close to never playing again.
▪ Ellis has been recuperating from a torn right Achilles' tendon.
▪ The bike fell on him, tearing his Achilles tendon, which is no joke at all.
▪ A bad tendon strain in Aldaniti's off-foreleg had to be fired, and he was on the sidelines for eighteen months.
▪ Diana fell badly on the ski slopes, tearing all the tendons in her left ankle.
▪ His jaw is held together with a tendon from his leg.
▪ Rips of the quadriceps tendon are a fact of life among professional athletes who stress the tendon during jumping and running.
▪ The tendon typically tears or detaches at the point where it connects to the kneecap.
▪ The missing two-thirds of its energy must have come from elastic tension stored in its huge tendons, tail and lower back.
▪ The patterns reflect what is going on in the horse's foot, and especially in its tendons.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tendon \Ten"don\, n. [F., fr. L. tendere to stretch, extend. See Tend to move.] (Anat.) A tough insensible cord, bundle, or band of fibrous connective tissue uniting a muscle with some other part; a sinew.

Tendon reflex (Physiol.), a kind of reflex act in which a muscle is made to contract by a blow upon its tendon. Its absence is generally a sign of disease. See Knee jerk, under Knee.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from Medieval Latin tendonem (nominative tendo), altered (by influence of Latin tendere "to stretch") from Late Latin tenon, from Greek tenon (genitive tenontos) "tendon, sinew," from PIE *ten-on- "something stretched," from root *ten- "to stretch" (see tenet).


n. (context anatomy English) A tough band of inelastic fibrous tissue that connects a muscle with its bony attachment.


n. a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment [syn: sinew]


A tendon or sinew is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that usually connects muscle to bone and is capable of withstanding tension.

Tendons are similar to ligaments; both are made of collagen. Ligaments join one bone to another bone, while tendons connect muscle to bone.

Tendon (disambiguation)

Tendon may refer to:

  • Tendon (or sinew), part of a structure or system that provides support and holds it together
  • Tendon, Vosges, a commune in the Vosges département in France
  • Tendon (meal), the use of tendons in cuisine in various cultures
  • Tendon, the name of a kind of donburi (an abbreviation for Tenpura-Donburi)

Usage examples of "tendon".

She moved on to the calcaneum, massaging the side of the heel back to the Achilles tendon.

The blackdeath used its tiny hands to maneuver the severed limb around, the way an eggling might play with a teething rod, then at last it dropped the remainsbones slick with blood, tendons and remnants of flesh dangling from them.

The gluteal muscles were lacerated and torn, the tendons about the trochanter divided, laying the bone bare, and the vastus externus and part of the rectus of the thigh were cut across.

He wore the costume of the Patagonians on the frontiers, consisting of a splendid cloak, ornamented with scarlet arabesques, made of the skins of the guanaco, sewed together with ostrich tendons, and with the silky wool turned up on the edge.

A variety of stimuli, such as inserting a stick up through the nostrils, pinching tendons or injections of histamine under the skinnormally considered forms of torturealso failed to produce any pain.

Designed by Da Vinci in 1495 as an outgrowth of his earliest anatomy and kinesiology studies, the internal mechanism of the robot knight possessed accurate joints and tendons, and was designed to sit up, wave its arms, and move its head via a flexible neck while opening and closing an anatomically correct jaw.

I thought the spasms would break his bones and burst his tendons but Mehtar had sculpted him into an Alaloi, after all, and sculpted well.

I thought he had torn a tendon, which was now caught between the olecranon process and the head of the ulna, the injury being thus aggravated by movement of the arm.

Over among the tendons of the rock, the peeve excavated, sending up sprays of sand.

The spectacle of men with their feet and legs a mass of dry ulceration, which had reduced the flesh to putrescent deadness, and left the tendons standing out like cords, was too common to excite remark or even attention.

She looked at him openly, honestly, letting him see her appreciation of the powerful interplay of tendon and smew, of the masculine strength revealed in the flex and flow of muscles beneath his skin and of the potency she had so recently enjoyed.

He had scattered grey hair, uncombed, and below the short beard, in the thin neck inside the unbuttoned and tieless shirt, the tendons tightened and began to quiver.

A bone, a muscle, a tendon, a sinew, may be ill-nourished, undeveloped, green, and unknit, but, at the worst, they are inside of a man and they are his own.

With the tendons gleaming softly in their beds, I removed the last bits of the aponeurosis, sprayed the wound with a mixture of alcohol and distilled water for disinfection, and set about closing the incisions.

I took it in both of mine and pressed the gnarled fingers back, rubbing my thumb gently over the thickened palmar aponeurosis that was trapping the tendons.