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( pa-tel’ă, -ē ), [TA]

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

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


/pa·tel·la/ ( pah-tel´ah ) [L.] a triangular bone, about 5 cm in diameter, situated at the front of the knee in the tendon of insertion of the quadriceps muscle. Called also knee cap . patel´lar


a. A flat triangular bone located at the front of the knee joint. Also called kneecap .

b. A dish-shaped anatomical formation.

2. A pan or dish in ancient Rome.

pa·tel′lar. pa·tel′late (-tĕl′ĭt, -āt′) adj.


Etymology: L, small dish

a flat, large sesamoid bone at the front of the knee joint, having a pointed apex that attaches to the patellar ligament. The convex anterior surface of the bone is perforated for the passage of nutrient vessels and covered by an expansion from the tendon of the quadriceps femoris. Also called kneecap.


pl. patellae ( pă-tel’ă, -ē ) [TA]

The large sesamoid bone that covers the anterior surface of the knee. It is formed in the tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle and is attached to the tibia by the patellar tendon.
Synonym(s): kneecap.

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


The knee cap. The patella is a large triangular SESAMOID bone lying on front of the knee joint within the tendon of the QUADRICEPS FEMORIS group of muscles.


  1. the kneecap bone which is present in most mammals, and in some birds and reptiles, protecting the front of the joint from injury.
  2. the generic name of the LIMPET. Patella.


Figure 1: The nervous system.

Figure 2: The brain viewed from the left showing the lobes of the cerebral hemisphere, the cerebellum and the lower parts of the brain stem in continuity with the spinal cord. Coloured area: the position of the ventricles, lying deep in the brain, containing cerebrospinal fluid and continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord.


the knee cap. patellar tendonsynpatellar ligament the strong flat fibrous band that runs from the lower margin of the patella to the tibial tubercle (tuberosity). The more superficial fibres are in fact continuous over the front of the patella with the quadriceps tendon, effectively providing insertion of the quadriceps onto the tibia. Injury is seen in jumping sports. patellar tendonitis inflammation of the patellar tendon. Causes include a change in training (intensity, frequency or type, e.g. more repetitive running on a hard surface), poor muscle strength and altered biomechanics at the knee. This results in pain and swelling over the tendon, especially after activity. Common in jumping sports such as basketball and athletics (jumper’s knee ). Treatment is as for any soft tissue injury. Rehabilitation includes changing technique, altering training load, biomechanical assessment and muscle strengthening. See also knee joint ; Figure 1. Figure 2.


; kneecap large sesamoid embedded within quadriceps tendon at anterior aspect of knee joint; its cartilaginous internal facet articulates with knee joint; exerts pulley-like action within the patellar groove; acts as a fulcrum for quadriceps action, centralizing action of contributory muscles (i.e. rectus femoris, vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis and vastus medialis) (seeTable 1 ); protects quadriceps tendon, allowing knee extensor apparatus to take high load (by lengthening the lever arm, and giving mechanical advantage to quadriceps)

Table 1: Muscles acting on the joints of the lower limb and foot

Adductor longus
Adductor brevis
Adductor magnus
Psoas major
Gluteus minimus
Gluteus medius
Gluteus maximus (deep quarter)
Obturator externus
Obturator internus

Body of pubis
Body and inferior ramus of pubis
Inferior ramus of pubis
Lumbar vertebrae
Iliac fossa
Body and superior ramus of pubis
Obturator membrane
Internal surfaces of ileum, pubis
Ischium, sides of sciatic notch

Linea aspera of posterior femur
Linea aspera of posterior femur
Lower medial femur, adductor tubercle
Lesser trochanter
Femur, inferior to lesser trochanter
Posterior area of lesser trochanter
Anterior area greater trochanter
Lateral area greater trochanter
Gluteal tuberosity of femur
Greater trochanter
Trochanteric fossa
Medial area greater trochanter
Medial area greater trochanter

Biceps femoris (long head)
Tensor fasciae lata
Rectus femoris
Gluteus maximus (superior three-quarters)

Ischial tuberosity
Ischial tuberosity
Ischial tuberosity
Body and inferior ramus of pubis
Anterior superior iliac spine
Anterior one-quarter of iliac crest
Anterior ileum
Posterior area of ileum and sacrum

Head of fibula
Posterior-area medial tibial condyle
Upper one-quarter medial tibia
Upper one-quarter medial tibia
Upper one-quarter medial tibia
Lateral condyle tibia via iliotibial tract
Patella, via quadriceps tendon
Lateral condyle tibia via iliotibial tract

Vastus medialis
Vastus intermedius
Vastus lateralis
Biceps femoris (short head)

Anterior upper femur and tendon of adductor magnus
Anterior and lateral surfaces of body of femur
Greater trochanter and linea aspera of femur
Linea aspera
Lateral condyle of femur

Superior and medial surfaces of patella and capsule of knee joint
Superior surface of patella and suprapatellar bursa
Superior and lateral surfaces of patella and capsule of knee joint
Head of fibula
Posterior surface of upper tibia

Lateral surface of lateral condyle and posterior surface of medial femoral condyle
Posterior surface of lateral femoral condyle

Calcaneum, via Achilles tendon
Calcaneum, via Achilles tendon (acts with gastrocnemius)

Soleal line and middle one-third of medial border of tibia and posterior surface of upper one-third fibula

Calcaneum, via Achilles tendon

Ankle and tarsus

Peroneus longus
Peroneus brevis
Tibialis anterior
Tibialis posterior
Peroneus tertius

Lateral surface of upper two-thirds of lateral fibula
Lateral surface of lower two-thirds of lateral fibula
Lateral surface of upper one-half of tibia and local interosseous membrane
Upper one-half of tibia, fibula and local interosseous membrane
Anterior surface of distal one-quarter of fibula

Base of first metatarsal and lateral side of medial (first) cuneiform
Base of fifth metatarsal
Base of first metatarsal and inferomedial aspect of medial (first) cuneiform
Medial (first) cuneiform, inferior aspects of all tarsal bones (except the talus) and bases of second, third and fourth metatarsals
Dorsal shaft of fifth metatarsal

Tarsus and toes

Extensor digitorum brevis
Flexor digitorum brevis
Flexor accessories (quadratus plantae)
Abductor hallucis
Abductor digiti minimi

Superior and anterior surfaces of the calcaneum
Medial process of calcaneal tuberosity
Plantar, medial and lateral aspects of calcaneum
Medial process of calcaneal tuberosity and flexor retinaculum
Calcaneal tuberosity

Dorsum of proximal phalanx of hallux, and extensor expansions of toes 2-4
Plantar, middle phalanges of toes 2-5
Tendon flexor digitorum longus
Medial side of proximal phalanx of hallux
Lateral side of proximal phalanx of fifth toe

Dorsal interossei
Plantar interossei
Flexor hallucis brevis
Adductor hallucis
Flexor digiti minimi brevis

Adjacent sides of metatarsals 1-5
Medial sides of metatarsals 3-5
Digital tendon slips of flexor digitorum longus
Medial plantar aspect of the cuboid
Bases of 2-4 metatarsals and transverse plantar ligament of 2-4 metatarsophalangeal joints
Base of fifth metatarsal

Lateral side of toes 2-4 and medial side toe 2
Medial sides of bases of proximal phalanges of toes 3-5
Extensor expansions toes 2-5
Medial and lateral sides of base of proximal phalanx of hallux
Lateral side of base of proximal side of hallux
Lateral side of base of proximal phalanx of toe 5


pl. patellae [L.] a large sesamoid bone at the femorotibial joint. See also Table 10.

an anomalous sesamoid over the extensor aspect of the elbow.


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