[puh-tel-uh] /pəˈtɛl ə/

noun, plural patellas, patellae
[puh-tel-ee] /pəˈtɛl i/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. the flat, movable bone at the front of the knee; kneecap.
Biology. a panlike or cuplike formation.
Zoology. any limpet of the family Patellidae.
Archaeology. a small pan or shallow vessel.
noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
(anatomy) a small flat triangular bone in front of and protecting the knee joint Nontechnical name kneecap
(biology) a cuplike structure, such as the spore-producing body of certain ascomycetous fungi
(archaeol) a small pan

“knee cap,” 1690s, from Latin patella “pan, kneecap,” diminutive of patina “pan” (see pan (n.)). So called from its shape. Related: Patellar; patelliform.

patella pa·tel·la (pə-těl’ə)
n. pl. pa·tel·lae (-těl’ē)

pa·tel’lar or pa·tel’late (-těl’ĭt, -āt’) adj.
Plural patellae (pə-těl’ē)
The small, flat, movable bone at the front of the knee in most mammals. Also called kneecap. See more at skeleton.


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