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pa·tel·la

 (pə-tĕl′ə)
n. pl. pa·tel·lae (-tĕl′ē)
1.
a. A flat triangular bone located at the front of the knee joint. Also called kneecap.
b. A dish-shaped anatomical formation.
2. A pan or dish in ancient Rome.

[Latin, diminutive of patina, plate, pan; see paten.]

pa·tel′lar, pa·tel′late (-tĕl′ĭt, -āt′) adj.

patella

(pəˈtɛlə)
n, pl -lae (-liː)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy a small flat triangular bone in front of and protecting the knee joint. Nontechnical name: kneecap
2. (Biology) biology a cuplike structure, such as the spore-producing body of certain ascomycetous fungi
3. (Archaeology) archaeol a small pan
[C17: from Latin, from patina shallow pan]
paˈtellar adj

pa•tel•la

(pəˈtɛl ə)

n., pl. -tel•las, -tel•lae (-ˈtɛl i)
1. the flat, movable bone at the front of the knee; kneecap.
2. any other disklike anatomical structure.
[1665–75; < Latin: kneecap, small plate, diminutive of patina, patena. See paten, -elle]
pa•tel′lar, adj.

pa·tel·la

(pə-tĕl′ə)
The small, flat, movable bone at the front of the knee in most mammals. Also called kneecap. See more at skeleton.

patella

The kneecap.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.patella - a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee jointpatella - a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
os sesamoideum, sesamoid, sesamoid bone - any of several small round bones formed in a tendon where it passes over a joint
articulatio genus, genu, human knee, knee, knee joint - hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
2.patella - type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpetsPatella - type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets
mollusk genus - a genus of mollusks
family Patellidae, Patellidae - marine limpets
Translations

patella

[pəˈtelə] N (patellae (pl)) [pəˈteliː]rótula f

patella

n (Anat) → Patella f (spec), → Kniescheibe f

patella

n (pl -lae) rótula
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