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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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Skeletal anomalies--the most frequent are: absent or hypoplastic patellae, iliac horns (pathognomic), dysplastic elbows.
Knee and elbow manifestations have been associated with increased morbidity and manifested by recurrent subluxation and dislocation of the patellae and radial heads causing arthralgias and severe degenerative disease.
In this preliminary study, type 3 patellae made up only 10% of all scans analyzed but ac counted for two out of the three clearly congruous patellae present.
Though all of these positions are important and should be part of a radiographer's repertoire, this article reviews a nontraditional method of obtaining a tangential projection of the patellae.
The resulting mice, which survive less than a day after birth, lack patellae and nails.
Force ratios in the quadriceps tendon and ligamentum patellae.