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trochlea

[trok-lee-uh]
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noun, plural troch·le·ae [trok-lee-ee] /ˈtrɒk liˌi/, troch·le·as. Anatomy.
  1. a pulleylike structure or arrangement of parts.
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Origin of trochlea

1685–95; < Latin: pulley block or sheave < Greek trochiléa, trochil(e)ía; akin to tróchilos sheave, runner, akin to tréchein to run
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Examples from the Web for trochlea

Historical Examples

  • In the human skeleton, the internal lip of the trochlea descends lower than the external; and also lower than the condyle.

    Artistic Anatomy of Animals

    douard Cuyer

  • In the ox and the sheep, the condyle is lower than the trochlea, but only very little lower.

  • In man, the external lip of the trochlea reaches higher than the internal, and it is more prominent in front.

  • There is another modification in regard to the prominence and extent of the two lips of the trochlea.

  • We have just said that the trochlea is continuous without interruption with the condyles; this is accurate.


British Dictionary definitions for trochlea

trochlea

noun plural -leae (-lɪˌiː)
  1. any bony or cartilaginous part with a grooved surface over which a bone, tendon, etc, may slide or articulate
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from Greek trokhileia a sheaf of pulleys; related to trokhos wheel, trekhein to run
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trochlea in Medicine

trochlea

(trŏklē-ə)
n. pl. troch•le•ae (-lē-ē′)
  1. An anatomical structure that resembles a pulley, especially the part of the distal end of the humerus that articulates with the ulna.
  2. A fibrous loop in the eye socket near the nasal process of the frontal bone, through which the tendon of the superior oblique muscle of the eye passes.
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