knee·​cap | \ˈnē-ˌkap \

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The ailment causes inflammation of the kneecap tendon that attaches to the shin bone, according to the American Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons. Reema Amin,, "Anne Arundel summer dance program conveys confidence as well as technique," 11 July 2018 Image Once, in his days as New York’s chief federal prosecutor and later as the city’s mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani was a master of releasing damaging leaks aimed at the kneecaps of opponents. New York Times, "Giuliani Promised a Surprise Before the Election. Comey Delivered One.," 19 June 2018 But, unlike you and me, Millie Bobby Brown was actually supposed to be there — however, the 14-year-old Stranger Things star has apparently fractured her kneecap, and will instead be staying home per her doctor’s instructions., "Millie Bobby Brown Split Her Kneecap & All We Can Say Is: Ouch," 16 June 2018 Radio CRC are reporting that there are real fears over the 27-year-old fracturing the same kneecap., "Napoli Sweating Over Fitness of Faouzi Ghoulam as Concerns Over Reoccurrence of Knee Injury Arise," 30 June 2018 The Cavaliers made it to the NBA Finals that year, but Irving fractured his kneecap and missed Games 2-6. Jenna West,, "Report: Kyrie Irving Never Wanted LeBron James to Return to the Cavaliers," 6 July 2018 The actress, who plays Eleven in the series, couldn’t make the event because of a broken kneecap. Washington Post, "On a big night for ‘Panther,’ Boseman honors real-life hero," 19 June 2018 The actress, who plays Eleven in the series, couldn't make the event because of a broken kneecap. CBS News, "On big night for "Black Panther," Chadwick Boseman honors hero in Waffle House shooting," 19 June 2018 When James came home in 2014-15, such problems didn't strike until the playoffs when Love suffered a separated shoulder in the first round against the Boston Celtics and Irving fractured his kneecap in overtime of Game 1 of the Finals. Tribune News Service,, "LeBron James' free agency decision: Family priorities, 'championship mode' could collide," 9 June 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of kneecap

: a flat bone on the front of your knee


knee·​cap | \ˈnē-ˌkap \

Kids Definition of kneecap

: a thick flat movable bone forming the front part of the knee


knee·​cap | \ˈnē-ˌkap \

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