膝皿

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: S Grade: 3

EtymologyEdit

Compound of ‎(hiza, knee) +‎ ‎(sara, plate), from the shape of the bone.

NounEdit

膝皿 ‎(hiragana ひざさら, romaji hiza sara)

  1. (anatomy) The kneecap, the patella.

Usage notesEdit

Both 膝の皿 ‎(hiza no sara) and 膝皿 ‎(hiza sara) are in use in modern Japanese, with 膝の皿 ‎(hiza no sara) used more frequently. The term 膝蓋骨 ‎(shitsugaikotsu) is somewhat more technical, a bit like English patella compared to kneecap.

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