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Meaning of HAMSTRING

Pronunciation:  'ham`string

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of the tendons at the back of the knee
  2. [v]  cripple by cutting the hamstring
  3. [v]  make ineffective or powerless; "The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules"

HAMSTRING is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: hamstring tendon
 See Also: bedevil, cripple, crucify, dun, frustrate, lame, rag, sinew, tendon, torment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ham"string`\, n. (Anat.)
    One of the great tendons situated in each side of the ham, or
    space back of the knee, and connected with the muscles of the
    back of the thigh.
  2. \Ham"string`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hamstrung}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Hamstringing}. See {String}.]
    To lame or disable by cutting the tendons of the ham or knee;
    to hough; hence, to cripple; to incapacitate; to disable.
          So have they hamstrung the valor of the subject by
          seeking to effeminate us all at home.    --Milton.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Muscles located at the back of the thigh that bend the knee and swing the leg backward from the hip.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The hamstring is a group of three large fusiform femoral muscles (semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and long head of biceps femoris) on the back part of the thigh. They serve as:
  • extensors of the thigh at the hip joint
  • flexors of the leg at the knee joint
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