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tendon, tough cord composed of closely packed white fibers of connective tissue that serves to attach muscles to internal structures such as bones or other muscles. Sometimes when the muscle involved is thin and wide, the tendon is not a cord but a thin sheet known as an aponeurosis. The purpose of the tendon in attaching muscle to bone is to enable the power of the muscle to transfer over a distance. For example, when one wants to move a finger, specific muscles in the forearm contract and pull on ligaments that in turn pull the finger bones to produce the desired action.

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tendon (ten-dŏn) n. a tough whitish cord, consisting of numerous parallel bundles of collagen fibres, that serves to attach a muscle to a bone. Tendons assist in concentrating the pull of the muscle on a small area of bone. t. sheath a tubular sac, lined with synovial membrane and containing synovial fluid, that surrounds some tendons. See also aponeurosis. t. transfer plastic surgery in which the tendon from an unimportant muscle is used to replace the damaged tendon of an important muscle.
tendinous (ten-din-ŭs) adj.

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ten·don / ˈtendən/ • n. a flexible but inelastic cord of strong fibrous collagen tissue attaching a muscle to a bone. ∎  the hamstring of a quadruped. DERIVATIVES: ten·di·nous / -dənəs/ adj.

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tendon A thick strand or sheet of tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone. Tendons consist of collagen fibres and are therefore inelastic: they ensure that the force exerted by muscular contraction is transmitted to the relevant part of the body to be moved.

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tendon XVI. — F. tendon or medL. tendō, -ōn-, f. L. tendere stretch, tr. Gr. ténōn sinew, sb. use of aorist ppl. of teínein stretch.

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tendon Strong, flexible band of connective tissue of the protein collagen that joins muscle to bone.

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