chondromalacia patellae

noun
variants: or chondromalacia patella

Medical Definition of chondromalacia patellae 

: pain over the front of the knee with softening of the articular cartilage of the patella — see runner's knee In chondromalacia patellae, the cartilage has softened and crumbled. Fortunately, the damage can heal itself, but it requires rest.— Paul Donohue, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 29 Feb. 1996

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