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kneecap (patella), saucer-shaped bone at the front of the knee joint; it protects the ends of the femur, or thighbone, and the tibia, the large bone of the foreleg. The kneecap is embedded in the tendon tissue of the quadriceps femoris, a large thigh muscle. As the leg bends and straightens, the kneecap glides up and down in a groove of the femur. Dislocation of the kneecap is a common athletic injury, occurring when stress on the powerful extensor muscles that straighten the leg pulls the kneecap to one side. See skeleton.

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kneecap

knee·cap / ˈnēˌkap/ • n. the convex bone in front of the knee joint; the patella. • v. (-capped, -cap·ping) [tr.] shoot (someone) in the knee or leg as a form of punishment: [as n.] (kneecapping) petty crimes are punished by kneecapping.

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patella

pa·tel·la / pəˈtelə/ • n. (pl. -lae / -lē/ ) Anat. the kneecap. DERIVATIVES: pa·tel·lar / -ˈtelər/ adj. pa·tel·late / -ˈtelit; -ˌlāt/ adj.

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patella

patella (pă-tel-ă) n. the lens-shaped bone that forms the kneecap. It is situated in front of the knee in the tendon of the quadriceps muscle of the thigh. See also sesamoid bone.
patellar (pă-tel-er) adj.

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patella

patella (kneecap) Large, flattened, roughly triangular bone just in front of the joint where the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shinbone) are linked. It is surrounded by bursae (sacs of fluid) that cushion the joint.

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patella

patella The knee-cap. In most Mammalia, and in some Aves and Reptilia, a bone located in front of the knee joint in the hind limb and set in a tendon of the muscles which straighten the limb.

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patella

patella (kneecap) A small rounded movable bone that is situated in a tendon in front of the knee joint in most mammals (including humans). The function of the patella is to protect the knee.

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patella

patella (anat.) knee-cap. XVII. — L. patella, dim. of patina shallow dish; see next.

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kneecap

kneecap (nee-kap) n. see patella.

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patella

patella (pətĕl´ə): see kneecap.

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kneecap

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patella

patellaAllah, calla, Caracalla, Haller, inshallah, pallor, Valhalla, valour (US valor), Whyalla •gabbler, tabla •ambler, gambler, rambler, scrambler •Adler, saddler •handler •angler, dangler, strangler, wrangler •tackler • trampler • antler • dazzler •Carla, challah, Douala, gala, Guatemala, Gujranwala, impala, kabbala, Kampala, koala, La Scala, Lingala, Mahler, Marsala, masala, nyala, parlour (US parlor), Sinhala, snarler, tala, tambala, Uppsala •garbler • chandler • sparkler •sampler •a cappella, Arabella, Bella, bestseller, Capella, cellar, Cinderella, citronella, Clarabella, corella, Daniela, Della, dispeller, dweller, Ella, expeller, favela, fella, fellah, feller, Fenella, Floella, foreteller, Heller, impeller, interstellar, Keller, Louella, Mandela, mortadella, mozzarella, Nigella, novella, paella, panatella, patella, predella, propeller, queller, quinella, repeller, rosella, rubella, salmonella, Santiago de Compostela, seller, smeller, speller, Stella, stellar, tarantella, teller, umbrella, Viyella •Puebla •assembler, dissembler, trembler •medlar, pedlar •ländler •fin de siècle, Hekla •Kepler •exempla, exemplar, Templar •tesla, wrestler •embezzler • Rockefeller •knee-trembler • saltcellar •bookseller • storyteller

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