pa·tel·la /pəˈtɛlə/ 名詞
Pa·tel·la n.; pl. Patellæ
1. A small dish, pan, or vase.
2. Anat. The kneecap; the kneepan; the cap of the knee.
3. Zool. A genus of marine gastropods, including many species of limpets. The shell has the form of a flattened cone. The common European limpet (Patella vulgata) is largely used for food.
4. Bot. A kind of apothecium in lichens, which is orbicular, flat, and sessile, and has a special rim not a part of the thallus.
n 1: a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that
protects the knee joint [syn: kneecap, kneepan]
2: type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets
[syn: genus Patella]
[also: patellae (pl)]