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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]
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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.
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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]
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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.
First, the VMO is the key muscle for the stabilization of the two joints of the knee, especially the kneecap or patellofemoral joint.
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"Certainly there is still quite a bit of stiffness in the kneecap, and while that wouldn't be a problem for most people, it's no good if you're a jockey, and my consultant has told me there was nothing more that could be done to improve it."
The angle difference between the pelvis and the knee joint affects how the kneecap tracks over the end of the femur as the knee moves through a range of motion.
The syndrome, also known as runner's knee, is usually caused by improper tracking of the kneecap in the patellofemoral groove.
In many cases of PFS, a lateral-view x-ray will show that the kneecap rides high ("patella alta").
Bend the knee and use short strokes on and around the kneecap. Shaving the thighs isn't necessary (thigh hairs are often finer, lighter and shorter).
Knees can make another familiar sound, called "joint mice." It sounds like sandpaper grating and it may be the kneecap pressing into the bones behind it, or loose kneecaps.
"We are about to lose our multi-million dollar custom kneecap program because our costs are out of control.
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.