Difference between Tendons and Ligaments: Comparison Table


Tendon vs Ligament

Tendons vs Ligaments
(Similarities and Differences between Tendons and Ligaments)

Tendons and Ligaments are connective tissues* belong to the category of ‘Dense Granular Connective Tissues’. They are the essential component for the proper functioning of the skeletal and muscular system.

Tendons: Tendons are cord-like, strong, inelastic structures that join skeletal muscles to bones.

Ligaments: Ligaments are elastic structures which connect bones to bones in joints.

what is Tendon

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Similarities between Tendons and Ligaments

Ø  Both tendons and ligaments are connective tissues.

Ø  Both are dense-granular connective tissues.

Ø  Both composed of living cells.

Ø  Both contain plenty of collagens.

what is ligament

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Difference between Tendons and Ligaments

Sl. No.TendonsLigaments
1Tendons connect skeletal muscles to bonesLigaments connect bones to ones
2Connect ends of the muscles to any place of the boneConnect ends of the bones only at joints
3Tendons are tough and inelasticLigaments are elastic
4Usually only one tendon per muscleUsually many ligaments per joints
5Collagen content is more than ligamentsCollagen content is less than tendons
6Proteoglycan content is less than ligamentsProteoglycan content is more than tendons
7Tendons are white in colourLigaments are yellow in colour
8The fibroblasts of tendons lie in continuous rawThe fibroblasts of ligaments are scattered
9Have heavy blood supplyBlood supply comparatively poor

* Connective tissue: Connective tissues are specialized to connect and anchor various body organs.

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