tend-, tendo-, ten-, teno-, tenot-, tenonto-, tens-, tent-, -tend, -tension, -tent, -tense, -tensive, -tentious
(Greek > Latin: to move in a certain direction; to stretch, to hold out; tension; as well as tendon, sinew)
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.
See Achilles' Heel, the Myth for more details.
2. To wait on; minister to; to serve; such as, to serve as a doctor during an illness.
3. To accompany; to go with.
4. Etymology: "to direct one's mind or energies"; from Old French atendre, "to expect, to wait for, to pay attention"; from Latin attendere, "to give heed to"; literally, "to stretch toward"; from ad-, "to" + tendere, "to stretch".
2. Appearing and being present.
2. Number present, audience, crowd: "The attendance at the game was over 75,000."
"Elena always dreads winter and its related attendants of hardships."
The attendants danced in attendance at the dance at which the attendance was estimated at about 300 people with the attendant confusion of hats and coats.
2. Anyone who shows up at an activity, etc. 3. Escorts, followers, companions, servants, or associates: "The queen was always surrounded by her attendants."
2. Special care or consideration to something or someone.
2. Considerate, courteous, devoted, behaving toward a person, or people, in a way that shows special regard or affection, etc.
2. Being thoughtful of others, considerate, polite, and courteous: "Andriana was attentively taking care of her guests."
2. A medical composition that thins the blood or dilutes fluids.
2. To weaken or to reduce in force, the intensity, effect, quantity, or value of something: "Medicine attenuated the fever's effect."
"Deloris was able to attenuate her desire to eat too much."
3. To reduce the virulence of a bacterium or virus: "The chemist was able to attenuate the virus by exposing it to heat or producing a culture of it in a special medium." 4. Etymology: "to make thin, to make less" from Latin attenuatus, past participle of attenuare, "to make thin"; from ad-, "to" + tenuare, "to make thin"; from tenuis, "thin".
2. In biology, a reference to bacteria or viruses that are less virulent.
3. In medicine, descriptive of the dilution of a solution or the reduction in virulence or toxicity of a microorganism or a drug by weakening it: "Attenuated bacteria or viruses are used in some vaccines." 4. In electronics, a reference to the reduction of the amplitude of an electrical signal with little or no distortion.
"A vaccine against a viral disease can be made from an attenuation, a less virulent strain of the virus, a virus capable of stimulating an immune response and creating immunity but not causing illness."2. In physics, a reduction in amplitude, density, or energy resulting from friction, absorption, or scattering.
3. A loss of solar irradiance as it passes through the atmosphere to the surface of the earth.
4. A reduction in the toxicity of a pollutant substance in the environment; especially, as a result of natural processes: "The attenuations of bacteria and viruses are made less virulent by being heated, dried, treated with chemicals, passed through another organism, or cultured under unfavorable conditions."
"Attenuated bacteria are often used as vaccine agents."5. The process of reduction: "There is an attenuation of an x-ray beam when its intensity is reduced."
6. The reduction of amplitude, magnitude, or strength of an electrical signal: "In electronics, an attenuation is the opposite of an amplification."