from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, having, or resembling a tendon.
  • adj. Sinewy.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling a tendon or sinew

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a tendon; of the nature of tendon.
  • adj. Full of tendons; sinewy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a tendon; full of tendons; sinewy.
  • Of or pertaining to tendons; forming or formed by a tendon; fascial; aponeurotic: as, tendinous tissue; a tendinous structure; the tendinous origin or insertion of a muscle.

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  • adj. consisting of tendons or resembling a tendon


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Medieval Latin tendō, tendin-, tendon (from Medieval Latin tendō, tendōn-; see tendon) + -ous.


  • This constitutes what is known as tendinous quittor in its worst form, for more often than not there is associated with it inflammation of the navicular bursa, caries of the bones, or arthritis of the pedal articulation.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • It is termed the tendinous arch or white line of the pelvic fascia, and marks the line of attachment of the special fascia (pars endopelvina fasciæ pelvis) which is associated with the pelvic viscera.

    IV. Myology. 6e. The Muscles and Fasciæ of the Pelvis

  • As Eliot over at Buzzfeed so astutely points out: the definition of gristle is “tough cartilaginous, tendinous, or fibrous matter especially in table meats.”

    Guy Ritchie Compares Madonna To A Piece Of Gristle | Best Week Ever

  • Moving back to the morphology of the rorqual lower jaw, a tall, well-developed coronoid process – way larger than that of any other mysticete – projects from each jaw bone and forms the attachment site for a tendinous part of the temporalis muscle, termed the frontomandibular stay.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Thus, when the fingers are bent, the fleshy parts of the flexors of the fingers, placed in the arm, contract, in virtue of their peculiar endowment as muscles; and pulling the tendinous cords, connected with their ends, cause them to pull down the bones of the fingers towards the palm.


  • These symptoms also occur in the site of the diaphragm, but much less frequently; for the diaphragm is a broad, expanded, and resisting substance, of a nervous (tendinous?) and strong nature, and therefore less susceptible of pain; and yet pains and chronic abscesses do occur about it.

    On Ancient Medicine

  • But as if this vast local power in the tendinous tail were not enough, the whole bulk of the leviathan is knit over with a warp and woof of muscular fibres and filaments, which passing on either side the loins and running down into the flukes, insensibly blend with them, and largely contribute to their might; so that in the tail the confluent measureless force of the whole whale seems concentrated to a point.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • At the middle of the forehead horizontally subdivide this upper quoin, and then you have two almost equal parts, which before were naturally divided by an internal wall of a thick tendinous substance.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Tash fell in, the case had been nearly emptied of its lighter contents, leaving little but the dense tendinous wall of the well — a double welded, hammered substance, as I have before said, much heavier than the sea water, and a lump of which sinks in it like lead almost.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Some assert that the male has a kind of penis in one of his tentacles, the one in which are the largest suckers; and they further assert that the organ is tendinous in character, growing attached right up to the middle of the tentacle, and that the latter enables it to enter the nostril or funnel of the female.

    The History of Animals


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  • internal wall of a thick tendinous substance.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 77

    July 26, 2008