Definition of Patella

1. Noun. A small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint.

Exact synonyms: Kneecap, Kneepan
Generic synonyms: Os Sesamoideum, Sesamoid, Sesamoid Bone
Group relationships: Articulatio Genus, Genu, Human Knee, Knee, Knee Joint
Derivative terms: Patellar

2. Noun. Type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets.
Exact synonyms: Genus Patella
Generic synonyms: Mollusk Genus
Group relationships: Family Patellidae, Patellidae
Member holonyms: Common Limpet, Patella Vulgata

Definition of Patella

1. n. A small dish, pan, or vase.

Definition of Patella

1. Noun. (skeleton) The sesamoid bone of the knee; the kneecap. ¹

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Definition of Patella

1. the flat movable bone at the front of the knee [n -LAE or -LAS] : PATELLAR [adj]

Medical Definition of Patella

1. The knee cap. The quadriceps tendon attaches to it above and the patellar tendon below. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Patella

patchy atelectasis
pate a choux
pate de foie gras
pate feuillete
patella (current term)
patella femoral pain syndrome
patellar dislocation
patellar fossa of vitreous
patellar ligament
patellar ligaments
patellar network
patellar reflex
patellar reflexes
patellar retinaculum
patellar surface of femur

Literary usage of Patella

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"Hausch agrees with Thiem that primary suture of a fractured patella is ... The only objection to the large cured incision above the patella is that the flap ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The skeleton of the Leg consists of three bones : the patella, ... Kight patella. Posterior surface. It presents an anterior and a posterior surface. ..."

3. A Treatise on Dislocations and Fractures of the Joints by Astley Cooper, Bransby Blake Cooper (1851)
"I was called," says Mr. Mayo, " into consultation by my friend Mr. Broughton, upon a case of dislocation of the patella, which had occurred under the ..."

4. A Practical Treatise on Fractures and Dislocations by Frank Hastings Hamilton (1871)
"I reduced the tibia first, and then easily replaced the patella by lifting the leg and pushing with my fingers against its outer margin. ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"Among these may be named the single vertical cut over the front of the patella, the H-shaped incision and the semilunar with the curve downwards as perhaps ..."

6. The Treatment of fractures: With Notes Upon a Few Common Dislocations by Charles Locke Scudder (1915)
"A knowledge of the anatomical relations of the patella is necessary to a perfect ... Attached to the patella upon its upper border is the tendon of the ..."

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