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Mythic Greek warrior, vulnerable to wounding only in his heel. See: Achilles bursa, Achilles reflex, Achilles tendon.


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
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In epics, boys become men by performing great feats and establishing reputations: in the Iliad, for instance, Akhilleus, an untried boy when he joined the Greek army, gains his immortal fame through his exploits at Troy (9.
He sings of the past heroes of Greece and Troy, of Odysseus and Akhilleus and Agamemnon.
Iliad A, 215 (H LL)(H L L)(H LL)(H LL) (HL L)(HH) te:n d' apameibomenos prosephe: podas o:kus akhilleus her & answering spoke feet swift Achilles `and answering her, swift-footed Achilles spoke'