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Patella

Medically reviewed by: Stephanie Curreli, MD, PhD
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015

The patella is the technical name for the kneecap, the triangular-shaped bone at the front of the knee joint. The patella is held in place by muscles, the lower end of which surrounds the patella and is then attached to the upper part of the tibia (shin) by patellar tendons. The patella protects the knee joint.