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Medical Term:

patella

Pronunciation: pa-tel'a, -e

Definition: The large sesamoid bone, in the combined tendon of the quadriceps femoris, covering the anterior surface of the knee.

Synonym(s): kneecap

[L. a small plate, the kneecap, dim. of patina, a shallow disk, fr. pateo, to lie open]

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