[ trok-lee-er ]

  1. Anatomy. of, relating to, or connected with a trochlea.

  2. Physiology, Anatomy. functioning like a pulley; pulleylike.

  1. Botany. circular and contracted in the middle so as to resemble a pulley.

Origin of trochlear

First recorded in 1675–85; trochle(a) + -ar1

Other words from trochlear

  • sub·troch·le·ar, adjective

Words Nearby trochlear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trochlear in a sentence

  • The outer trochlear rim being the smaller of the two, inward luxation does not occur in the horse.

    Lameness of the Horse | John Victor Lacroix
  • There is generally a large supra-trochlear fossa, but no ent-epicondylar foramen.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Is there anatomical evidence that the ganglia of origin of the oculomotor and trochlear nerves represent many ganglia?

    The Origin of Vertebrates | Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • It is often found between the patella and the trochlear surface of the femur in tuberculous disease of the knee.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • It is sometimes associated with fracture of the edge of the trochlear surface, which renders retention in position difficult.