n. pl. pa·tel·lae (-tĕlē)
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.
[Latin, diminutive of patina, plate, pan; see PATEN.]
pa·tellar, pa·tellate (-tĕlĭt, -āt′) adj.
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