Ten"don (?), n. [F., fr. L. tendere to stretch, extend. See Tend to move.] Anat.

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

Tendon reflex Physiol., a kind of reflex act in which a muscle is made to contract by a blow upon its tendon. Its absence is generally a sign of disease. See Knee jerk, under Knee.

 

© Webster 1913.

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