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.
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.
Difference between Tendons and Ligaments
|Tendons connect skeletal muscles to bones||Ligaments connect bones to ones|
|Connect ends of the muscles to any place of the bone||Connect ends of the bones only at joints|
|Tendons are tough and inelastic||Ligaments are elastic|
|Usually only one tendon per muscle||Usually many ligaments per joints|
|Collagen content is more than ligaments||Collagen content is less than tendons|
|Proteoglycan content is less than ligaments||Proteoglycan content is more than tendons|
|Tendons are white in colour||Ligaments are yellow in colour|
|The fibroblasts of tendons lie in continuous raw||The fibroblasts of ligaments are scattered|
|Have heavy blood supply||Blood supply comparatively poor|
* Connective tissue: Connective tissues are specialized to connect and anchor various body organs.
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