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  1. fabella(Noun)

    One of the small sesamoid bones situated behind the condyles of the femur, in some mammals.

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  1. Fabella(noun)

    one of the small sesamoid bones situated behind the condyles of the femur, in some mammals

  2. Origin: [NL., dim. of L. faba a bean.]

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  1. Fabella

    The fabella is a small sesamoid bone found in some mammals embedded in the tendon of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle behind the lateral condyle of the femur. It is a variant of normal anatomy and present in humans in 10% to 30% of individuals. Rarely, there are 2 or 3 of these bones. It can be mistaken for a loose body or osteophyte. The fabella is a standard finding on radiographs of the dog and cat, and both medial and lateral fabellae are typically present.

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