noun, plural troch·le·ae [trok-lee-ee] /ˈtrɒk liˌi/, troch·le·as. Anatomy.
a pulleylike structure or arrangement of parts.
Origin of trochlea
1685–95; < Latin: pulley block or sheave < Greek trochiléa, trochil(e)ía; akin to tróchilos sheave, runner, akin to tréchein to run
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In the human skeleton, the internal lip of the trochlea descends lower than the external; and also lower than the condyle.
In the ox and the sheep, the condyle is lower than the trochlea, but only very little lower.
In man, the external lip of the trochlea reaches higher than the internal, and it is more prominent in front.
There is another modification in regard to the prominence and extent of the two lips of the trochlea.
We have just said that the trochlea is continuous without interruption with the condyles; this is accurate.
British Dictionary definitions for trochlea
noun plural -leae (-lɪˌiː)
any bony or cartilaginous part with a grooved surface over which a bone, tendon, etc, may slide or articulate
Word Origin for trochlea
C17: from Latin, from Greek trokhileia a sheaf of pulleys; related to trokhos wheel, trekhein to run
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n. pl. troch•le•ae (-lē-ē′)
An anatomical structure that resembles a pulley, especially the part of the distal end of the humerus that articulates with the ulna.
A fibrous loop in the eye socket near the nasal process of the frontal bone, through which the tendon of the superior oblique muscle of the eye passes.
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