- Anatomy. the flat, movable bone at the front of the knee; kneecap.
- Biology. a panlike or cuplike formation.
- Zoology. any limpet of the family Patellidae.
- Archaeology. a small pan or shallow vessel.
Origin of patella
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Examples from the Web for patella
Patella believes that the best part of the project was discovering unknown talent.Pianos Hit the Streets
July 9, 2010
There's a medical paper with a piece in it all about my patella.A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
That the patella and articular surface of the femur are healthy.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
Exit, about centre of patella, which latter was cleanly perforated.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
The palpi (fig. 206) have the femora black and the patella white.
The tarsus is small and narrow, not as long as the patella and tibia.
- anatomy a small flat triangular bone in front of and protecting the knee jointNontechnical name: kneecap
- biology a cuplike structure, such as the spore-producing body of certain ascomycetous fungi
- archaeol a small pan
C17: from Latin, from patina shallow pan
Word Origin and History for patella
"knee cap," 1690s, from Latin patella "pan, kneecap," diminutive of patina "pan" (see pan (n.)). So called from its shape. Related: Patellar; patelliform.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A flat triangular bone located in the combined tendon of the extensors of the leg and covering the front surface of the knee joint.kneecap
- A pan-shaped anatomical formation.
- The small, flat, movable bone at the front of the knee in most mammals. Also called kneecap See more at skeleton.
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