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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
I have already remarked to what a degree the sea swarms with living creatures; and the shells (such as the Patellae, Fissurellae, Chitons, and Barnacles), according to Mr.
Abnormalities can be seen in both the knees and elbows; the patellae are often small, and may even be absent.
Magnetic resonance imaging scans were also reviewed to detect the absence or presence of chondromalacia patellae.
Altogether 864 lines were drawn: 4 surgeons x 18 patellae x 2 views x 2 lines per view x 3 repetitions.
The vertebra is the most common site; pelvis, patellae, calcaneus, and olecranon can also be involved.
Most bipartite patellae are asymptomatic and are observed only as an incidental finding when the knee is radiographed for other reasons.
It was concluded that there are no significant differences between genders or sides (right versus left patellae).
Treatment of chondromalacia patellae by lateral retinaclar release of the patella.
Below the patella, the synovial membrane is separated from the ligamentum patellae by a considerable quantity of fat, known as the infrapatellar pad.
Because the patellae are rich in nerve endings, exposure of the nerve endings below the cartilage will also induce anterior knee pain.
(13) The skeletal features include absent or hypoplastic patellae, patellar dislocations, elbow abnormalities, talipes, and iliac horns as seen on radiographs.