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the strong tendon at the back of the heel that connects the calf muscles (triceps surae muscle) to the heel bone. The name is derived from the legend of the Greek hero Achilles, who was vulnerable only in one heel. Tapping this tendon normally produces the reflex called the Achilles or ankle jerk. Failure or exaggeration of this reflex indicates disease or injury to the nerves of the leg muscles or of a part of the spinal cord.
the thick tendon of insertion of the triceps surae (gastrocnemius and soleus) into the tuberosity of the calcaneus.
The large tendon connecting the heel bone to the calf muscles of the leg.
Etymology: Achilles, Greek mythological hero
the common distal tendon of the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles of the leg. It is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body and connects the triceps surae to the heel bone. In an adult, it is about 15 cm long. The tendon becomes contracted about 4 cm above the heel and flares out again to insert into the calcaneus. Also called tendo calcaneus.
Achilles tendonThe long common tendon of both venters of the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus), which attaches them to the calcaneus bone; it is the strongest tendon in the body. The AT begins below the posterior calf and is attached distally at the midline at the posterior aspect of the calcaneus.
Conditions affecting Achilles tendon
Insertional tendinitis, rupture.
Achilles tendontendo calcaneo Anatomy The tendon that attaches the calf muscles to the calcaneous bone; the long common tendon of both venters–bellies of the calf muscles—gastrocnemius and soleus, which is the strongest tendon in the body; the AT begins below the posterior calf and is attached distally at the midline at the posterior aspect of the calcaneus Conditions affecting Insertional tendinitis, rupture
ten·do cal·ca·ne·us(ten'dō kal-kā'nē-ŭs) [TA]
Achilles tendonThe prominent tendon just above the heel by means of which the powerful muscles of the calf are attached to the large heel bone. Contraction of the prominent calf muscles pulls the Achilles tendon upwards so that the ankle is straightened and the heel leaves the ground. The Achilles tendon is essential in walking and running and is easily strained or torn. (Named after Achilles, son of Peleus and Thetis, who, as a baby, was said to have been held by his heel and dipped in the river Styx by his mother to make him invulnerable. He died from a heel wound).
Achilles,mythical Greek warrior who was vulnerable only in the heel.
Achilles bursa - bursa between the tendo calcaneus and the upper part of the posterior surface of the calcaneum. Synonym(s): bursa of tendo calcaneus
Achilles reflex - a contraction of the calf muscles when the tendo calcaneus is sharply struck. Synonym(s): ankle jerk; ankle reflex; tendo Achillis reflex; triceps surae reflex
Achilles tendon - the tendon of insertion of the triceps surae (gastrocnemius and soleus) into the tuberosity of the calcaneus. Synonym(s): tendo calcaneus
the group of tendons that insert on the calcaneus near the point of the hock made up of the tendons of the gastrocnemius, soleus, superficial digital flexor, semitendinosus and biceps femoris muscles. Called also common calcaneal tendon. See also gastrocnemius muscle tendon.