Tendo Achilles
The Achilles tendon, a tough sinew that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is one of the longest tendons in the body. It is also formally called the tendo calcaneus, the calcaneus being the heel bone. According to Greek mythology, Achilles’s mother held him as a baby by the heel and dipped him in the river Styx to make him invulnerable but the heel by which she held him remained unimmersed and hence vulnerable, as Paris’ arrow in Achilles’ heel later proved.

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  • Achilles tendon — A tough sinew that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is one of the longest tendons in the body. It is also formally called the tendo Achilles or the tendo calcaneus, the calcaneus being the heel bone.… …   Medical dictionary

  • Achilles tendon — from Mod.L. tendo Achillis, first used by German surgeon Heister and so called in reference to the one vulnerable spot of the great Greek hero ACHILLES (Cf. Achilles), whose mother held him by the heel when she dipped him in the River Styx to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Achilles' tendon — A*chil les ten don, n. [L. Achillis tendo.] (Anat.) The strong tendon formed of the united tendons of the large muscles in the calf of the leg, an inserted into the bone of the heel; so called from the mythological account of Achilles being held… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Achilles tendon — Infobox Anatomy Name = Achilles tendon Latin = tendo calcaneus, tendo Achillis GraySubject = 129 GrayPage = 483 Caption = Posterior view of the foot and leg, showing the Achilles tendon ( tendo calcaneus ). The gastrocnemius muscle is cut to… …   Wikipedia

  • Tendo calcaneus — Die Achillessehne (Tendo calcaneus oder Tendo Achillis) ist die gemeinsame Endsehne des dreiköpfigen Wadenmuskels (Musculus triceps surae), bestehend aus dem zweiköpfigen Waden (Musculus gastrocnemius) und dem Schollenmuskel (Musculus soleus),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tendo calcaneus communis — Die Achillessehne (Tendo calcaneus oder Tendo Achillis) ist die gemeinsame Endsehne des dreiköpfigen Wadenmuskels (Musculus triceps surae), bestehend aus dem zweiköpfigen Waden (Musculus gastrocnemius) und dem Schollenmuskel (Musculus soleus),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Achilles' heel — This article deals with the phrase. For other uses, see Achilles Heel. An Achilles’ heel is a fatal weakness in spite of overall strength, actually or potentially leading to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical… …   Wikipedia

  • Tendo calcaneus — A tough sinew that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone (the calcaneus). Also called the Achilles tendon, it is one of the longest tendons in the body. According to Greek mythology, Achilles’ mother held him as a baby by the heel …   Medical dictionary

  • Achilles heel — noun /əˌkɪl.iːz ˈhiːl/ a) A vulnerability in an otherwise strong situation. b) The Achilles tendon, the tendo Achillis. Syn: soft spot, vulnerability, weakness, weak spot …   Wiktionary

  • Achilles tendon — noun The strong tendon formed of the united tendons of the large muscles in the calf of the leg, an inserted into the bone of the heel. Syn: calcaneal tendon, tendo Achillis, tendo calcaneus …   Wiktionary

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