RaeVen P asked in HealthOther - Health · 10 years ago

Difference between ligament and tendon?

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  • 10 years ago
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    ligaments connect bones to other bones

    Tendons connect muscles to bones

  • 4 years ago

    All of them are connective tissue. A ligament is a short band of tough fibrous connective tissue composed mainly of long, stringy collagen fibres. Ligaments connect bones to other bones to form a joint. Some ligaments limit the mobility of articulations, or prevent certain movements altogether. Ligaments are slightly elastic; when under tension, they gradually lengthen. This is one reason why dislocated joints must be set as quickly as possible: if the ligaments lengthen too much, then the joint will be weakened, becoming prone to future dislocations. Athletes, gymnasts and martial artists perform stretching exercises to lengthen their ligaments, making their joints more supple. The term double-jointed refers to people who have more elastic ligaments, allowing their joints to stretch and contort further. The study of ligaments is known as desmology. A tendon (or sinew) is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. They are similar to ligaments except that ligaments join one bone to another. Tendons are designed to withstand tension. Typically tendons connect muscles to bones; together a combination of tendons and muscles can only exert a pulling force. The origin of a tendon is where it joins to a muscle. Collagen fibers from within the muscle organ are continuous with those of the tendon. A tendon inserts into bone at an enthesis where the collagen fibres are mineralised and integrated into bone tissue. Cartilage is a type of dense connective tissue. It is composed of cells called chondrocytes which are dispersed in a firm gel-like ground substance, called the matrix. Cartilage is avascular (contains no blood vessels) and nutrients are diffused through the matrix. Cartilage is found in the joints, the rib cage, the ear, the nose, in the throat and between intervertebral disks. There are three main types of cartilage: hyaline, elastic and fibrocartilage. The main purpose of cartilage is to provide a framework upon which bone deposition could begin. Another important purpose of cartilage is to provide smooth surfaces for the movement of articulating bones. Much like other connective tissue, cartilage is composed of cells, fibers and a matrix

  • 10 years ago

    Tendons are fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bones

    Whereas ligaments, are fibrous tissue that connects bones to bones

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