Patella


Bone Name
Patella

Skeletal Division
Appendicular

Description
A large sesamoid bone intercalated in the tendon of the quadriceps femoris muscle; free surface is strongly convex, rough and irregular. Articular surface is convex from side to side and nearly straight vertically.

Articulation
In trochlea of distal end of femur

Number
Two, one in each hind limb

Common Name
Knee cap

Appears In Crossection
Round H-I, K

Location
In front of joint between the femur and tibia

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