Patella vs Patelliform – What’s the difference?

Patella vs Patelliform - What's the difference?
As a proper noun patella is .

As an adjective patelliform is having the shape of a patella.



(wikipedia patella )



  • (skeleton) The sesamoid bone of the knee; the kneecap.
  • * 2004 , Ann Seranne, The Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog , page 188,
  • Subluxed patellas , more commonly referred to as slipped stifles, like all inherited factors will continue to cripple a breed as long as breeders continue to mate affected animals.
  • * 2005 , Roger E. Stevenson, 20: Limbs”, Roger E. Stevenson, Judith G. Hall, ”Human Malformations and Related Anomalies , page 920,
  • Since patella‘ diameter is a feature of continuous variation, the majority of small ‘ patellas represent simply the lower extreme of normal anatomic variation.
  • * 2006 , Erik Trinkaus, 18: The Lower Limb Remains”, Erik Trinkaus, Ji?í Svoboda (editors), ”Early Modern Human Evolution in Central Europe , page 395,
  • Both patellae‘ are well preserved for Dolni V?stonice 3 and 13-15, and the left ‘ patella remains for Dolni V?stonice 16 (Figures 18.22 to 18.26).
  • * 2009 , P. Tohomson, 14: Assessment of the paediatric patient”, Ben Yates (editor), ”Merriman’s Assessment of the Lower Limb , page 401,
  • The patellae‘ may be up to 30° externally rotated at birth. In young children it is considered normal for the ”’patellae”’ to be externally rotated, but by 5 years of age the ‘ patellae should face forwards.


    * (kneecap) kneecap, kneepan, rotula

    Derived terms

    * chondromalacia patellae
    * patellar
    * patellar reflex
    * patellate




    (en adjective )

  • Having the shape of a patella.
  • Resembling a limpet of the genus (taxlink).
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