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[jee-noo, -nyoo, jen-oo, -yoo]
noun, plural ge·nu·a [jen-oo-uh, -yoo-uh] /ˈdʒɛn u ə, -yu ə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. the knee.
  2. a kneelike part or bend.
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Origin of genu

1850–55; < Latin; cognate with Greek góny knee
Related formsge·nu·al, adjectivesu·per·ge·nu·al, adjective
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noun plural genua (ˈdʒɛnjʊə) anatomy
  1. the technical name for the knee
  2. any kneelike bend in a structure or part
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Word Origin

Latin: knee
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genu in Medicine


(jēnōō, jĕnyōō)
n. pl. gen•u•a (jĕnyōō-ə)
  1. Knee.
  2. An anatomical structure resembling the angular shape of a flexed knee.
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