noun (plural patellae or -las) Etymology: Latin, from diminutive of patina shallow dish Date: 1693 a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee and protects the front of the joint — called also kneecappatellar adjective

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  • Patella — bezeichnet: eine Gattung der Napfschnecken, siehe Patella darin die Gemeine Napfschnecke (Patella vulgata) die Kniescheibe bei Wirbeltieren ein Beinglied der Spinnentiere zwischen Femur und Tibia ein antikes Gefäß, siehe Patella (Gefäß) Patella,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Patella — Pa*tel la, n.; pl. {Patell[ae]}. [L., a small pan, the kneepan, dim. of patina, patena, a pan, dish.] 1. A small dish, pan, or vase. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) The kneepan; the cap of the knee. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of marine… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patella — /pa tɛl:a/ s.f. [dal lat. patella padella, piatto ]. (anat.) [osso del ginocchio] ▶◀ rotula …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • patella — (n.) knee cap, 1690s, from L. patella pan, kneecap, dim. of patina pan (see PAN (Cf. pan) (n.)). So called from its shape …   Etymology dictionary

  • Patella — (lat.), Tellerchen, Opferschale; Kniescheibe …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Patella — PATELLA, æ, eine Göttinn der Römer, welche über die Dinge gesetzet war, die eröffnet werden sollten. Arnob. ap. Coqueum ad Augustin. l. IV. c. 8 …   Gründliches mythologisches Lexikon

  • patella — ► NOUN (pl. patellae) Anatomy ▪ the kneecap. DERIVATIVES patellar adjective. ORIGIN Latin, small dish …   English terms dictionary

  • patella — [pə tel′ə] n. pl. patellas or patellae [pə tel′ē] [L, dim. of patina, a pan < Gr patanē < * petana < IE base * pet , to spread out > FATHOM, L patere] 1. a small, shallow pan used in ancient Rome 2. a movable bone at the front of the… …   English World dictionary

  • Patella — Infobox Bone Name = Patella tendonismness Latin = GraySubject = 60 GrayPage = 255 Caption = Knee diagram Caption2 = Origins = Insertions = Articulations = MeshName = Patella MeshNumber = A02.835.232.043.650.624 |The patella or kneecap is a thick …   Wikipedia

  • Patella — The kneecap by another name, the patella is the small bone that is in the front of the knee. The patella is a sesamoid bone, a little bone (sesamoid = like a sesame seed) that is embedded in a joint capsule or tendon, in this case the tendon of… …   Medical dictionary

  • patella — pa·tèl·la s.f. 1a. TS mollusco commestibile del genere Patella (Patella coerulea) con una conchiglia a forma di scudo che lo ricopre completamente, che vive attaccato agli scogli ed è molto diffuso nel Mediterraneo 1b. TS zool. mollusco …   Dizionario italiano

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