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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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Hence the whole new romantic sub-plot between Achilles and a suitably conflicted Briseis, not to mention the first sight of the godlike blonde warrior being of him in bed with a couple of clearly exhausted maidens.
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Achilles' passion for Briseis pales in comparison with his deeper love for Patroclus.
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Agamemnon has lost his concubine, Chryseis, and takes as compensation Achilles' "prize of honour," Briseis.
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