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troch·le·ar

 (trŏk′lē-ər)
adj.
1. Of, resembling, or situated near a trochlea.
2. Of or relating to the trochlear nerve.

troch•le•ar

(ˈtrɒk li ər)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or connected with a trochlea.
2. (of a body part or function) pulleylike.
3. (of a plant part) circular and contracted in the middle so as to resemble a pulley.
n.
4. Also, troch′lear nerve`. either one of the fourth pair of cranial nerves, consisting of motor fibers that innervate certain eye muscles.
[1675–85]
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Noun1.trochlear - either of the two cranial nerves on either side that control the superior oblique muscles of the eyestrochlear - either of the two cranial nerves on either side that control the superior oblique muscles of the eyes
cranial nerve - any of the 12 paired nerves that originate in the brain stem
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Vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) was advanced & sutured to lateral border of patella & quadriceps, after locating patella in trochlear notch in 70[degrees] flexion.
During a discussion of the study, an attendee said that in her practice she avoids using the type of brace used in the study with a cutout over the knee in younger patients with PF pain, because of data suggesting that bracing compresses the patella and increases the contact area between the patella and the trochlear notch, thereby increasing stress rather than changing the patella position or movement.
The trochlear notch surrounds almost 1800 of the trochlea, accounting for a large part of the stability of the elbow joint.