noun, plural pa·tel·las, pa·tel·lae [puh-tel-ee] /pəˈtɛl i/.
Origin of patella
Examples from the Web for patella
Patella believes that the best part of the project was discovering unknown talent.
Many of the fibers, nevertheless, insert on the proximal edge of the patella.Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae|William B. Stallcup
In extension of the knee, the patella is nearly all above the condyles.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
Patellariae: in Dytiscids, the unequal, cup-like impressions on the underside of the patella.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for patella
noun plural -lae (-liː)
Word Origin for patella
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.