• WordNet 3.6
    • n tendon a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hacky Sack was invented by a football player in the mid 1970's who used it to stregthen tendons he had torn in his knee.
    • n Tendon (Anat) A tough insensible cord, bundle, or band of fibrous connective tissue uniting a muscle with some other part; a sinew.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tendon A band or layer of dense fibrous tissue at the end of a muscle for attachment to a hard part, or interposed between two muscular bellies, usually where the direction of the muscle is changed; a sinew: said especially of such structures when rounded or cord-like, very broad flat tendons being commonly called fasciæ and aponeuroses. Tendons are directly continuous, at one end, with the periosteum, or fibrous investment of bones, and at the other with the fascial tissue which invests and interpenetrates the bundles of muscular tissue. The tissue or substance of tendons is quite like that of ligament, fascia, etc., being dense white fibrous or ordinary connective tissue, usually entirely inelastic and inextensible, though there are some exceptions to this rule. They are attached to bones by perfect continuity of their tissue with the periosteum, and are not notably different from the ligaments of joints. They are the strongest substances of the body, often sustaining strains under which muscle is ruptured and bone fractured. Some tendons are prone to ossify, as those of the leg of the turkey, and all sesamoid bones are ossifications in tendon, as the patella of the knee. See cut under sympelmous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tendon ten′don the white fibrous tissue reaching from the end of a muscle to bone or some other structure which is to serve as a fixed attachment for it, or which it is intended to move—funicular, as the long tendon of the biceps muscle of the arm; fascicular, as the short tendon of that muscle, and as most tendons generally; aponeurotic, tendinous expansions, as the tendons of the abdominal muscles—L. Ten′do
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. tendere, to stretch, extend. See Tend to move
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tendon—L. tendĕre, to stretch; cf. Gr. tenōnteinein, to stretch.


In literature:

He cured a bowed tendon with witch-hazel and adhesive plaster in three or four days.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
It struck the assailant on the tendons of the leg beneath the knee, and he uttered a yell and went down as if killed.
"Patience Wins" by George Manville Fenn
His wounded wrist had now healed up, but his hand was quite useless, as all the tendons had been severed.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
They are the substances that almost exclusively go to make up the muscle and tendons.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
Every time he touched the foot-brake, she could feel the strain in the tendons of her own ankle.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The tendons in his weathered neck stood out.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
Jaime imagined the neck of the man, swollen, reddened, the tendons vibrating with anger.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The tendons of your legs have a drawing sensation, and feel as if too short.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
You don't want to throw out any of your elbow tendons so early in the season.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
It is generally believed to arise from sympathy with an injured tendon.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin

In poetry:

The tiny trembling tendons
That twine about the heart,
Are chords that yield a music
Unknown to vocal art.
"Heartstrings" by Jared Barhite
"Mark, my Hermos--turn to steel
The soft tendons of thy soul!
Watch the God beneath the heel
Of the strong brute swooning roll!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

COLUMBIA (WACH) – South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr has injured a tendon in his left wrist.
Turn down heat and add beef tendons.
Bradley Jr has tendon injury in left wrist, out indefinitely.
Ohio's Holley Mangold fights through torn tendon in wrist, finishes 10th in Olympic weightlifting.
He snapped a tendon in a finger trying to strip Chris Bosh.
San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner cut a tendon in his right thumb during a hunting accident and probably will start the season on the disabled list.
Polarization -Resolved Second-Harmonic Generation in Tendon u.
According to Yahoo Sports, it's tendonitis.
My tendon was damaged in 1974 and broke suddenly in 2005.
Antibiotics and Tendon Rupture in Firefighters.
His legs are unshaved, and the muscles and tendons ripple.
You simultaneously stretch pivotal muscles, ligaments and tendons that you use and abuse every day plus you are working to improve circulation to vital areas of the body thus reducing the risk of forming blood clots.
George has torn tendon .
More About Achilles Tendon .
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In science:

The detector is located in the tendon gallery of Unit 2. A feature of many commercial reactors, the tendon gallery is an annular concrete hall that lies beneath the walls of the reactor containment structure.
Monitoring the Thermal Power of Nuclear Reactors with a Prototype Cubic Meter Antineutrino Detector
It is used to inspect and adjust the tension in reinforcing steel cables known as tendons, which extend throughout the concrete of the containment structure.
Monitoring the Thermal Power of Nuclear Reactors with a Prototype Cubic Meter Antineutrino Detector
At SONGS these inspections occur every several years, and involve the examination of only a handful of representative tendons.
Monitoring the Thermal Power of Nuclear Reactors with a Prototype Cubic Meter Antineutrino Detector
The designers studied the system skeleton - muscles - tendons.
The eel-like robot