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  • ACHIL`LES —    the son of Peleus and Thetis, king of the Myrmidons, the most famous of the Greek heroes in the Trojan war, and whose wrath with the consequences of it forms the subject of the Iliad of Homer. He was invulnerable except in the heel, at the… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Achil·les' heel — /əˈkıliz / noun, pl ⋯ heels [count] : a fault or weakness that causes or could cause someone or something to fail I m trying to lose weight, but ice cream is my Achilles heel. This year, the team s Achilles heel is its pitching. [=the team could… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Achillea — Achil·lea .ak ə lē ə, ə kil ē ə n a large genus of temperate composite herbs of the northern hemisphere that have divided leaves and small heads of disk and ray flowers, are a source of achilleine, and include one (A. millefolium) formerly widely …   Medical dictionary

  • achilleine — achil·le·ine or chiefly Brit achil·le·in ak ə lē ən, ə kil ē , .ēn n a brownish red bitter alkaloid C20H38N2O15 found in plants of the genus Achillea …   Medical dictionary

  • Achilles heel — Achil′les (or Achil′les ) heel′ n. a vulnerable point • Etymology: 1800–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • Achilles tendon — Achil′les (or Achil′les ) ten′don n. anat. the tendon joining the calf muscles to the heel bone • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • Achillessehne — Achil|les|seh|ne 〈[ axı̣l ] f. 19; Anat.〉 Sehne, die die Wadenmuskeln mit dem hinteren Rand des Fersenbeins verbindet * * * Achịl|les|seh|ne, die; , n [analog zu ↑ Achillesferse] (Anat.): Sehne, die zwischen Fersenbein und Wadenmuskel verläuft.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Achilles reflex — Achil·les reflex ə kil ēz n ANKLE JERK * * * Achilles tendon reflex triceps surae r …   Medical dictionary

  • Achilles bursa jerk (reflex) tendon — Achil·les bur·sa, jerk (reflex), tendon (ə kilґēz) [Gr. Achilleus Greek hero, whose mother held him by the heel to dip him in the Styx] see bursa tendinis calcanei, triceps surae jerk, under jerk, and tendo calcaneus …   Medical dictionary

  • achillotomy — achil·lot·o·my (ak″ĭ lotґə me) achillotenotomy …   Medical dictionary

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