patellar tendinitis

noun
variants: also patellar tendonitis or patellar tendinopathy

Medical Definition of patellar tendinitis

: injury to the patellar tendon that is marked especially by pain or tenderness in the area immediately below the front of the knee and that typically involves microscopic tearing of the patellar tendon often accompanied by inflammation or tissue degeneration

Note: Patellar tendinitis chiefly affects individuals regularly participating in sports (such as basketball, volleyball, or soccer) that involve repeated jumping, stops and starts, or direction changes.

called also apicitis, jumper's knee

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“Patellar tendinitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/patellar%20tendinitis. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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