American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A flat triangular bone located at the front of the knee joint. Also called kneecap.
- n. A dish-shaped anatomical formation.
- n. A pan or dish in ancient Rome.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small pan, vase, or dish.
- n. In anatomy, a small movable bone situated in front of the knee-joint, which it helps to form. Also called knee-pan, kneecap, rotula, or great sesamoid. See cuts under knee-joint, Catarrhina, and Elephantinæ.
- n. In zoology: A cotyle; a cup-like formation.
- n. A limpet of the genus Patella.
- n. In entomology, the first joint of the coxa.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In conchology, a Linnean genus of gastropods, type of family Patellidæ, to which very different limits have been assigned. As originally constituted and retained by Linnæus it was a very heterogeneous assemblage of all forms having a patelliform shell, and embraced (besides all the Docoglossa) Fissurellidæ, Ancylidæ, Calyptræidæ, and related forms.
- n. In botany, an orbicular apothecium with a marginal rim.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small dish, pan, or vase.
- n. (Anat.) The kneecap; the kneepan; the cap of the knee.
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of marine gastropods, including many species of limpets. The shell has the form of flattened cone. The common European limpet (Patella vulgata) is largely used for food.
- n. (Bot.) A kind of apothecium in lichens, which is orbicular, flat, and sessile, and has a special rim not a part of the thallus.
- n. a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
- n. type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets
- From Latin patella ("a small pan or dish, a plate; the kneepan, patella"), diminutive of patina ("a broad shallow dish, pan"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, diminutive of patina, plate, pan; see paten. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Luxation of the patella is a condition wherein the articular portions of the femur and patella assume abnormal relations whether such displacement of the patella be momentary and capable of spontaneous reduction, or fixed and requiring corrective manipulation.”
“Temporary luxation of the patella is a common affection of the horse and fixed luxation of this bone also occurs.”
“The patella is a great defence to the front of the knee-joint, and distributes upon a large and tolerably even surface, during kneeling, the pressure which would otherwise fall upon the prominent ridges of the condyles; it also affords leverage to the Quadriceps femoris.”
“Among other defects with which it may be associated, absence or deficient development of the patella is the most frequent.”
“MINNEAPOLIS -- J.J. Putz exited Thursday's 11-0 victory over the Twins with what the reliever described as patella inflammation in his right knee.”
“I have researched luxating patella, that is the only thing that I can think that this is. awww .... poor little baby.”
“In which part of your body is the "patella": the arm, the knee or the skull?”
“If the area just below the kneecap ( "patella") is tapped lightly, that tendon is struck and the thigh muscle is momentarily stretched.”
“Indeed, the lemma paella has become so deeply entrenched in our everyday parlance that it has lost its connection to the etymon patina (patena) and later patella, meaning”
“Many toy breeds have health issues such as patella subluxation, mitral valve disease, SM, hip dysplasia, etc.”
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