The patellar tendon is the broad tendon under the kneecap, joining it to the tibia (shin).

patellar tendon

The patellar tendon attaches the patella to the tibia at a point called the tibial tubercle.

patellar tendon within extensor mechanism

The patellar tendon is the lower part of a chain of structures known as the extensor mechanism, reaching from the hip to the shin.

Synonyms: 
Patellar ligament
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Knee anatomy intro

This page offers a quick overview of key anatomical structures of the knee joint.

The patella - important anatomical relationships

The kneecap or patella is part of a chain of structures that help to straighten the knee.

Patellar tendinitis

Part of a series by Mr (Dr) Charles Willis-Owen on lower limb overuse injuries.

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