Definition of hamstring noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrɪŋ//
    Internal anatomy
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  1. 1one of the five tendons behind the knee that connect the muscles of the upper leg to the bones of the lower leg a hamstring injury She's pulled a hamstring. See related entries: Internal anatomy
  2. 2a tendon behind the middle joint (= hock) of the back leg of a horse and some other animals
  3. Word Origin16th cent.: from ham ‘back of the thigh’ + string.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hamstring

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