Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, resembling, or situated near a trochlea.
  • adj. Of or relating to the trochlear nerve.
  • adj. Botany Shaped like a pulley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like, or resembling, a pulley; related to, or connected with, a trochlea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Shaped like, or resembling, a pulley; pertaining to, or connected with, a trochlea

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pulley-like; forming a loop that acts like a pulley for a tendon to run through, or affording a surface like that of a pulley, upon which a bone may ride hack and forth. See trochlea.
  • In botany, circular, compressed, and contracted in the middle of its circumference, so as to resemble a pulley, as the embryo of Commelina communis. Also trochleate.
  • Pertaining to or connected with a trochlea: as, a trochlear muscle or nerve; trochlear movements.
  • n. A trochlear muscle or nerve; a trochlearis. Also trochleary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. either of the two cranial nerves on either side that control the superior oblique muscles of the eyes

Etymologies

From Latin trochlea ("block or pulley"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You might presume, as I did, that Polyboroides has a unique sort of intertarsal joint, perhaps with the trochlear surfaces of the distal tibiotarsus wrapping onto the posterior surface of the bone as well as the anterior surface.

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  • The researchers concluded that the VMO is indeed an important stabilizer of the patella in the trochlear groove.

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  • Whereas the olfactory and optic nerves are sensory and the oculomotor and trochlear nerves are motor; the trigeminal nerve is a mixed nerve, containing both sensory and motor fibers, each attached to the pons by a separate structure.

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  • -- Two forms of true patellar luxation in the horse may be considered; one which is due to the patella becoming fixed upon the internal trochlear rim of the femur and the other when the patella slips over the outer rim of the trochlea.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • Traction is exerted upon the rope and at the same time force is directed against the stifle joint to produce further extension if possible, so that the straight patellar ligaments may relax sufficiently to allow the patella to be dislodged from its position upon the inner trochlear lip.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • When the patella is situated upon the inner trochlear rim, the tibia must be extended because of the traction exerted by the straight ligaments.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • The outer trochlear rim being the smaller of the two, inward luxation does not occur in the horse.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • _Outward luxation of the patella_ is occasioned by a lax condition of the internal femeropatellar ligament or a rupture of the same so that the patella slips over the outer femoral trochlear rim and permits of an abnormal flexion of the stifle joint.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • It then runs forward on the lateral side of the calcaneus, above the trochlear process and the tendon of the Peronæus longus, and is inserted into the tuberosity at the base of the fifth metatarsal bone, on its lateral side.

    IV. Myology. 8c. The Muscles and Fasciæ of the Leg

  • The tendon then extends obliquely forward across the lateral side of the calcaneus, below the trochlear process, and the tendon of the Peronæus brevis, and under cover of the inferior peroneal retinaculum.

    IV. Myology. 8c. The Muscles and Fasciæ of the Leg

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