1. Anatomy. of, relating to, or connected with a trochlea.
  2. Physiology, Anatomy. functioning like a pulley; pulleylike.
  3. Botany. circular and contracted in the middle so as to resemble a pulley.

Origin of trochlear

First recorded in 1675–85; trochle(a) + -ar1
Related formssub·troch·le·ar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Of, resembling, or situated near a trochlea.
  2. Of or relating to the trochlear nerve.
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