- Anatomy. a cord or band of dense, tough, inelastic, white, fibrous tissue, serving to connect a muscle with a bone or part; sinew.
- a reinforcing strand in prestressed concrete.
- a cord or band of white inelastic collagenous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone or some other part; sinew
n.1540s, from Medieval Latin tendonem (nominative tendo), altered (by influence of Latin tendere “to stretch”) of Late Latin tenon, from Greek tenon (genitive tenontos) “tendon, sinew,” from teinein “to stretch” (see tenet). n.
- A band of tough, inelastic fibrous tissue that connects a muscle with its bony attachment and consists of rows of elongated cells, minimal ground substance, and densely arranged, almost parallel, bundles of collageneous fibers.
- A band of tough, fibrous, inelastic tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. Tendons are made chiefly of collagen.
A tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscles to bones.