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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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88) Schottle and coworkers reported a subjective improvement in 16 of 19 patients as well as reduction of patella alta and the TT-TG distance in those undergoing Bereiter trochleoplasty.
Lateral views can reveal patellofemoral osteophytes, joint space narrowing, and the presence of patella alta or baja.
When patella alta is present, the patella becomes engaged with greater degrees of knee flexion.
The lateral view yields more commonly used information relating to patella alta or excessively low (patella infra or baja) patella.
Physical examination demonstrated a palpable defect in the patellar tendon at the inferior pole of patella, as well as patella alta, consistent with a complete rupture of the proximal patellar tendon.