• WordNet 3.6
    • n Patella type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets
    • n patella a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Patella (Zoöl) A genus of marine gastropods, including many species of limpets. The shell has the form of a flattened cone. The common European limpet (Patella vulgata) is largely used for food.
    • Patella (Bot) A kind of apothecium in lichens, which is orbicular, flat, and sessile, and has a special rim not a part of the thallus.
    • Patella A small dish, pan, or vase.
    • Patella (Anat) The kneecap; the kneepan; the cap of the knee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patella A small pan, vase, or dish.
    • n patella 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 patella In zoology: A cotyle; a cup-like formation.
    • n patella A limpet of the genus Patella.
    • n patella In entomology, the first joint of the coxa.
    • n patella [capitalized] [NL.] In conchology, a Linnean genus of gastropods, type of the 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 patella In botany, an orbicular apothecium with a marginal rim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Patella pa-tel′la a little dish or vase: the knee-pan: a genus of gasteropodous univalve molluscs: the limpet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a small pan, the kneepan, dim. of patina, patena, a pan, dish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., dim. of patina, a pan.


In literature:

With the tips of the fingers or the back of a book, strike the right ligamentum patellae.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Is it not so, Surgeon Patella?
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
Patella neglecta (n.) Patella melanogramma, Sowerby, not Gmel.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
She would be back here on the next train and then we'd have something worse than a broken patella on our hands.
"The Second Violin" by Grace S. Richmond
There's a medical paper with a piece in it all about my patella.
"A Boswell of Baghdad" by E. V. Lucas
Some remarks on transverse fractures of the patella will be found under the heading devoted to that bone.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Patellariae: in Dytiscids, the unequal, cup-like impressions on the underside of the patella.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The patella, or bone of the knee.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Charles, the young Army Medical, went down on one patella.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 15, 1916" by Various
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture

In news:

Knicks Baron Davis' career in jeopardy after tearing ACL, MCL, patella tendon.
Ann Marie Lamb and Nicholas Joseph Patella were married Sept 10 at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels with the Rev.
Blazers' Przybilla out indefinitely with patella injury.
Joel Przybilla leaves game with patella injury.
Greg Oden on his patella injury.
) to a fractured patella .
Viking receiver Greg Childs had surgery done on his torn patella tendons on both knees Monday.
He torn the patella tendon in both knees at a scrimmage for the Vikings in Mankato Saturday night.
There was a 50% incidence of patella alta (a high-riding patella ).
Patella baja ad alta does not allow normal patella contact and is subject to poor stability and function.
Evan Royster strained the patella tendon in his right knee on Sunday.
Structurally speaking, the right knee of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is OK.'s Todd Archer discusses Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's diagnosis of patella tendinitis .
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie 's season is over, the result of a ruptured patella tendon, coach Chuck Pagano said Monday.
John Wall, right, has been sidelined since September with a non-traumatic stress injury in his left patella.
A Washington Wizards official confirms that point guard John Wall, who has missed the entire season with a stress injury to his left patella, will have his knee re-examined by noted orthopedic specialist David Altchek in New York on Friday.

In science:

The lattice works are mainly devoted to verification of planar equivalence. A formal strong-coupling and large mass proof was given by Patella .
Planar Equivalence 2006