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The Trojan hero and son of Thetis and Peleus from a Greek myth: Achilles is the central character in the Illiad and is the most important warrior of the Achaean camp.
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Achilles heel (s) (noun) (no pl)
A weakness that seems small but makes someone fatally vulnerable even when he or she is in an otherwise strong physical condition.
Etymology: Named about Achilles
, a hero in the Greek mythology. When Achilles
was a baby, his mother Thetis dipped him into the magical river Styx to make him invincible or unconquerable. She held him by the heel which remained untouched by the water and so it became his weak point. He was killed when the Trojan prince Paris shot an arrow that pierced his one vulnerable spot which was his heel.
In addition to Achilles, the tendon in the lower back of the ankle is now also known as the Achilles tendon.
Achilles jerk (s) (noun)
, Achilles jerks (pl)
A reflex action of the foot that jerks downward when the lower leg muscles contract; Achilles tendon reflex: It was interesting to read about the Achilles jerk relating to the plantar flection as a reaction to a punch on the large tendon that extends from the heel to the calf.
Achilles tendon (s) (noun)
, Achilles tendons (pl)
The tendon that connects the heelbone to the calf muscles: Bruce's left and right Achilles tendons became inflamed from excessive training for the long distance foot races.
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achillo-, achill-, Achilles
tend-, tendo-, ten-, teno-, tenot-, tenonto-, tens-, tent-, -tend, -tension, -tent, -tense, -tensive, -tentious
plastic achilles (s) (noun) (no pl)
A plastic surgery procedure to elongate the Achilles tendon: Plastic achilles is used to stretch the Achilles tendon with the result that a person can then walk normally or to bring relief to constant pain.
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The longest and strongest tendon in a dog which is easily discernible in short-haired breeds; such as, the Greyhound and Whippet breeds.
The Achilles tendon forms an extension of the rearmost thigh muscle groups and anchors these muscles onto the fibular tarsal bone at the point of the hock or collection of bones of the hind leg forming the joint between the second thigh and the metatarsus or the collection of bones of the hind legs forming the joints.
Achilles' Heel, the Myth
A myth which has become a physical-medical application unit.