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patella

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noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈte-lə\

Definition of patella

plural patellaeplay \-ˈte-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ or patellas

  1. :  a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee and protects the front of the joint —called also kneecap

patellar play \-ˈte-lər\ adjective


Origin of patella

Latin, from diminutive of patina shallow dish


First Known Use: 1693


PATELLA Defined for Kids

patella

play
noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈte-lə\

Definition of patella for Students

plural patellae \-ˈte-lē, -ˈte-ˌlī\ or patellas

  1. :  kneecap




Medical Dictionary

patella

play
noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈtel-ə\

Medical Definition of patella

plural patellae \-ˈtel-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\play play or patellas

  1. :  a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee, protects the front of the joint, increases the leverage of the quadriceps, and is usually regarded as a sesamoid bone since it is developed in the tendon of the quadriceps and in structure is similar to other sesamoid bones—called also kneecap, kneepan

patellar \-ər\play adjective


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