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

  • n. A band of tough, inelastic fibrous tissue that connects a muscle with its bony attachment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tough band of inelastic fibrous tissue that connects a muscle with its bony attachment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tough insensible cord, bundle, or band of fibrous connective tissue uniting a muscle with some other part; a sinew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment

Etymologies

Medieval Latin tendō, tendōn-, alteration (influenced by Latin tendere, to stretch) of Greek tenōn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French tendon. (Wiktionary)

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