Sinew

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Description

A strong, leathery elastic band made from a tendon. A tendon is a fibrous tissue that connects bone to muscle. It is expandable in the direction parallel to the fibrils. Prior to the development of rubber and synthetic elastomers, sinews were used as an elastic material.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tendon

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "tendon" Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. [Accessed 25 Jan. 2006].