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pa·tel·la

, gen. and pl.

pa·tel·lae

(pa-tel'ă, -ē), [TA]
The large sesamoid bone, in the combined tendon of the quadriceps femoris, covering the anterior surface of the knee.
Synonym(s): kneecap
[L. a small plate, the kneecap, dim. of patina, a shallow disk, fr. pateo, to lie open]

kneecap

(nē′kăp′)
n.
1. See patella.
2. See kneepad.
tr.v. knee·capped, knee·capping, knee·caps
To cripple by shooting in the legs, especially in the knees.

kneecap

See patella.

pa·tel·la

, pl. patellae (pă-tel'ă, -ē) [TA]
The large sesamoid bone that covers the anterior surface of the knee. It is formed in the tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle and is attached to the tibia by the patellar tendon.
Synonym(s): kneecap.
[L. a small plate, the kneecap, dim. of patina, a shallow disk, fr. pateo, to lie open]

kneecap

see patella.
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The patella, or kneecap, is a small bone that normally rides in the trochlear groove within the femur (thighbone) in the knee.
The research team conducted a randomised controlled trial of a lightweight lycra flexible knee brace fitted around the knee with a support strap for the kneecap.
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Several anatomic factors contribute to PFS, including femoral anteversion, kneecaps pointing toward each other ("squinting patella"), genu varum (bowleg), and tibia varum.
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In the middle of the table was a beautiful proprietary thermoplastic and titanium composite kneecap, looking very much like a miniature modern art sculpture.
A removable patella buttress stabilizes and protects the kneecap and can be cut to any desired shape, Mueller says.
He does his best--shooting Kid Flash in the kneecap (which heals in about a half-hour), thrusting his sword through Cyborg's eye, and beating up Robin, the Boy Wonder--before we learn what (who might be the better word) has gotten into his head.
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Femoral Component--The metal femoral component, which can be cast, curves around the end of the thighbone and has an interior groove so the kneecap can move up and down smoothly against the bone as the knee bends and straightens.
It is common in teenagers, particularly those fond of sport, and is caused by the tendon of the kneecap becoming inflamed and causing swelling and new bone growth.
At Pace University, an x-ray revealed he had a broken kneecap and the diagnosis was "stress fracture.