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- n. The kneecap; the patella.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A roundish, flattened, sesamoid bone in the tendon in front of the knee joint; the patella; the kneecap.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The kneecap or patella.
- n. In entomology, the femoral concavity into which the tibia is inserted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
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Fauchelevent had dislocated his kneepan in his fall.
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The _patella_, or kneepan, has no corresponding bone in the arm; and the _carpus_, or ankle, which corresponds to the wrist, contains seven instead of eight bones.
_Of the upper part of the leg_: The _rectus femoris_, the large muscle on the front of the leg which connects at the lower end with the kneepan.
Immediately after the injury it may be possible to feel the separate broken fragments of the kneepan and to recognize that they are separated by a considerable space if the break is horizontally across the bone.
The swelling is seen especially below the kneepan, on each side of the front of the joint, and also often above the kneepan.
Fracture of kneepan is caused either by direct violence or muscular strain.
A somewhat similar swelling, often as large as an egg, is sometimes seen over the kneepan, more often in those who work upon their knees, hence the name housemaid's knee.
The great muscles of the thigh acting over the kneepan tend to bend the body forward, but the muscles of the calf neutralize this action.