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)

tendon (s) (noun), tendons (pl)
An of the inelastic cords of tough, fibrous connective tissue in which muscle fibers end and by which muscles are attached to bones or other parts; sinew.
A heart murmur assumed to be due to an abnormal condition of the chordae tendineae (thread-like bands of fibrous tissue).
tendril (s) (noun), tendrils (pl)
1. A slender stemlike structure by which some twining plants attach themselves to an object for support; spirally coiling organs of climbing plants.
2. A slender climbing organ formed by modification of a part of a plant, such as a stem, a leaf or leaflet, or a stipule (one of a pair of appendages at the bases of leaves in many dicotyledons).
3. A twisting, threadlike structure by which a twining plant; such as, a grape or cucumber, grasps an object or a plant for support.
4. Something; such as, a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling.
5. Etymology: from Middle French (c.1400-c.1600) tendrillon, "bud, shoot, cartilage"; perhaps a diminutive of tendron, "cartilage"; from Old French (c.900-1400) tendre, "soft", or possibly from Latin tendere, "to stretch, to extend".
Acting as a tendril; twining.
Descriptive of a slender, simple or branched, elongated organ used in climbing, at first soft and flexible, later becoming stiff and hard.
Characterized as a threadlike, leafless organ of climbing plants, often growing in spiral form; which attaches itself to, or twines around, some other body to support the plant.
1. Shortened from Old French tendrillon, from French tendre, "tender"; hence, properly, the "tender branch" or "spring of a plant".
2. A slender, leafless portion of a plant by which it becomes attached to a supporting body, after which the tendril usually contracts by coiling spirally.

Tendrils may represent the end of a stem, as in the grapevine; an axillary branch, as in the passion flower; the end of a leaf, as with the pea; or stipules (pairs of appendages at the bases of leaves).

tenectomy, tenonectomy
1. Excision of a growth on a tendon or on a tendon sheath.
2. Resection (excision) of part of a tendon.

Some related "tension" words are available at this tono- unit.