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patella

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noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈte-lə\

Definition of patella

plural pa·tel·laeplay \-ˈte-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ or pa·tel·las

  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

pa·tel·lar play \-ˈte-lər\ adjective


Origin of patella

Latin, from diminutive of patina shallow dish


First Known Use: 1693


Medical Dictionary

patella

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noun pa·tel·la \pə-ˈtel-ə\

Medical Definition of patella

plural pa·tel·lae \-ˈtel-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\play play or pa·tel·las

  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

  2. pa·tel·lar \-ər\play adjective



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