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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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Inclusion criteria were comminuted lower avulsion patella fractures, age 18-60 years, closed injury.
Physical examination revealed swelling, local heat, and marked local tenderness over the superolateral aspect of the patella and difficulty performing a straight leg raise.
Double-layered patella in multiple epiphyseal dysplasia: a valuable clue in the diagnosis.
Upward fixation of patella is a syndrome most commonly reported in small animals than large animals.
Patella dislocated laterally on 60-degree flexion, apprehension test positive.
An anterior, midline, longitudinal incision is made that spans 2 to 3 cm proximal to the patella to a point just medial to, and level with, the tibial tubercle.
For MPFL reconstruction, the medial border of the patella was exposed subperiosteally, avoiding injury of the joint capsule.
Beale is likely to be sidelined for four to six months with scans revealing his patella tendon has TURN TO PAGE 39 FROM BACK PAGE torn from his patella.
We performed a retrospective review of all the patients who underwent isolated arthroscopic lateral patella retinacular release under a single surgeon between July 2007 and July 2010.
Upon arrival she was nonambulatory with physical exam findings suggestive of lateral patella dislocation.
Three drill holes were made from the inferior pole to the superior pole of each patella with a 2.