Infobox Bone
Name = Patella tendonismness
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The patella or kneecap is a thick, triangular bone which articulates with the femur and covers and protects the knee joint. It is the largest sesamoid bone in the human body. It is attached to the tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle, which contracts to extend/straighten the knee. The vastus intermedialis muscle is attached to the base of patella. The vastus lateralis and vastus medialis are attached to lateral and medial borders of patella respectively.

The patella is stabilized by the insertion of vastus medialis and the prominence of the anterior femoral condyles, which prevent lateral dislocation during flexion. The retinacular fibres of the patella also stabilize it during exercise.

The primary functional role of the patella is knee extension. The patella increases the leverage that the tendon can exert on the femur by increasing the angle at which it acts.

The patella ossifies between the ages 2-6 years. In some people it may be absent congenitally or hypoplastic. In 2% of the population there is a bipartite patella, which is usually asymptomatic. Direct trauma, however, may produce symptoms that mimic those of a fracture.

Regarding non-human animals, the patella is fully developed only in placental mammals; marsupials have only rudimentary, non-ossified patellae. [cite journal|author=Herzmark MH|title=The Evolution of the Knee Joint| url=| accessdate=2007-11-17| journal=J Bone Joint Surg Am| year=1938| volume=20| pages=77–84]

ee also

* Patellar reflex
* Lateral retinaculum




External links

* [ The KNEEguru - educational site packed with knee content with sections on the patella]

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