Patella

Patella: Anatomy & FunctionKey facts about the anatomy of the patella, also known as the kneecap
~ 3 min

The patella, also known as a kneecap, is a sesamoid bone, that is, it is located in the thickness of the tendon of the quadriceps femoris and does not connect directly to other bones.

Patella
Patella

The patella is divided into two parts:

  • base (basis patellae)

Base (basis patellae)
Base (basis patellae)
  • apex (apex patellae)

    Apex (apex patellae)
    Apex (apex patellae)

    We also distinguish two surfaces:

  • anterior surface (facies anterior)

    Anterior surface (facies anterior)
    Anterior surface (facies anterior)
  • articular (posterior) surface (facies articularis), which is connected to the patellar surface of the femur.

Articular surface (facies articularis)
Articular surface (facies articularis)
Dictionary

Patella (kneecap)

patella
patella
base of patella
basis patellae
apex of patella
apex patellae
anterior surface
facies anterior
articular surface
facies articularis
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