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patella

(pətĕl`ə): see kneecapkneecap
(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.
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patella

[pə′tel·ə]
(anatomy)
A sesamoid bone in front of the knee, developed in the tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle. Also known as kneecap.

patella

1. Anatomy a small flat triangular bone in front of and protecting the knee joint
2. Biology a cuplike structure, such as the spore-producing body of certain ascomycetous fungi
3. Archaeol a small pan
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Runner's Knee is a common condition experienced by athletes wherein the cartilage which would normally serve as a cushion between the patella, or kneecap, and femur begins to wear down.
In pets and people, sometimes the mechanism for holding the patella in the groove is not effective and the patella dislocates from the joint.
Subjects were sub-divided on the basis of sex, age, sports activities and associated deformity (presence of patella alta and femoral anteversion > 20[degrees]).
The PFA (the angle between the line drawn along the bony lateral patellar facet and another line drawn tangential to the anterior point of the femoral condyles) was assessed at the mid-point of the patella on the axial images (Figure 5).
A graduate of Florida State University, Patella has a background in hotel and country club operations.
Independent variables included preoperative and postoperative mechanical alignment, size of preoperative osteophytes (medial compartment, lateral compartment, posterior femoral, superior patella, and lateral patella), age, gender, BMI, and Anesthesia Society of America (ASA) comorbidity grading.
(It should also be noted that in many southern Italian dialects, patella means "mussel shell.") Another work using wordplay was NON OSO/OSO NON essere, from the early '80s, made up of four tondi arranged in a column on the wall.
A variety of devices have been developed to aid surgeons with cutting (resecting) the patella during TKA.
Swelling was seen in the anterior aspect of the left distal third thigh, which, on palpation, was the superior part of the patella. The lower pole of the patella was palpable just above the left tibial tuberosity (Figure 1).
Lin had a devastating end to his year after he ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee in only the Nets' opening game against Indiana last October 19.
We report the case of 32-year-old male who had a painful knee due to tophus formation in the interosseous area of the bipartite patella. There was neither a history of previous trauma to his patella nor a family history of gouty arthritis.