Etymology
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patella (n.)

"knee cap, small movable bone in front of the knee-joint," 1690s, from Latin patella "small pan or dish; kneecap," diminutive of patina "pan" (see pan (n.)). So called from its shape. Earlier in Englished form patel (1570s). Related: Patellar; patelliform.

updated on January 23, 2022

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Definitions of patella from WordNet
1
patella (n.)
a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint;
Synonyms: kneecap / kneepan
2
Patella (n.)
type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets;
Synonyms: genus Patella
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