noun, plural pa·tel·las, pa·tel·lae [puh-tel-ee] /pəˈtɛl i/.
Origin of patella
Related Words for patellapopliteal
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Contemporary Examples of patella
Patella believes that the best part of the project was discovering unknown talent.Pianos Hit the Streets
July 9, 2010
Historical Examples of patella
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.
noun plural -lae (-liː)
Word Origin 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.