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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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patella

The kneecap.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
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Translations

patella

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

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

n (pl -lae) rótula
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[1] The inferior pole of the patella borders the infrapatellar fat pad superiorly, joint capsule and patellar tendon borders anteriorly, proximal tibia and deep infrapatellar bursa borders inferiorly and the joint cavity borders posteriorly.
Sarasota, FL, May 18, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Realtor Jon Patella has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as part of the Sarasota Native Group.
"The fracture in Irving's patella has completely healed, and his knee remains structurally sound.
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All surgeries were performed by the senior author using a fully-cemented, non-constrained prosthesis with patella resurfacing (Zimmer NexGen, Warsaw, Indiana).
The multifaceted artist Luca Maria Patella was born in Rome in 1934.