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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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Between 1991 and 1999, the men had undergone measurement of lead in their patellas.
Overall, men with the highest patella lead levels were twice as likely as those with the lowest lead levels to die from ischemic heart disease.
Nanna has been diagnosed with luxating patellas, an uncommon hereditary condition in cats in which the patella (knee cap) moves in an abnormal position.
Normal patellas should be centered within the trochlear groove and face forward.
The patellofemoral joint is the articulation between the patella and the trochlear groove of the femur.
The patella has developed and range of motion of the knee has begun.
We discuss some of the more commonly symptomatic bones, namely the os acromiale, os styloideum, metacarpal and hallux sesamoids, patella, os trigonum, os calcaneus secundarius, accessory navicular, os peroneum, and os intermetatarseum.
Patella fractures are usually transverse, often resulting from rapid flexion against a fully contracted quadriceps.

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