• synonyms


  1. the kneecap or patella.
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Origin of kneepan

1400–50; late Middle English. See knee, pan1
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Examples from the Web for kneepan

Historical Examples

  • The swelling is seen especially below the kneepan, on each side of the front of the joint, and also often above the kneepan.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)


  • Fracture of kneepan is caused either by direct violence or muscular strain.

  • This cut shows the peculiar deformity in breaks of this kind; see position of kneepan; also prominence of broken bone above ankle.

  • It most frequently occurs in the stifle joint, where dislocation of the kneepan (patella) takes place.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for kneepan


  1. anatomy another word for patella
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