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What is the difference between a tendon and a ligament?

A tendon is a thick connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. A ligament is a thick connective tissue that connects bone to bone, forming joints. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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