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Meaning of patella

pa•tel•la

Pronunciation: (pu-tel'u), [key]
— pl. -tel•las, -tel•lae
  1. the flat, movable bone at the front of the knee; kneecap. See diag. under
  2. a panlike or cuplike formation.
  3. any limpet of the family Patellidae.
  4. a small pan or shallow vessel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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