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patelliform

[puh-tel-uh-fawrm] /pəˈtɛl əˌfɔrm/
adjective
1.
having the form of a patella; shaped like a saucer, kneecap, or limpet shell.
Origin of patelliform
1810-1820
1810-20; patell(a) + -i- + -form
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  • Although the Patell were described as symmetrical, there are several species of patelliform shells which are not symmetrical.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • patelliform, oval or oblong, radiated; apex anterior, perforated.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • Those which are not spiral, but simply conical, as the patelliform shells.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • This order, which includes mollusca with haliotoid or patelliform shells, is divided into the following families: Fam.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
  • patelliform; apex central; columellar lip septiform, leaving the aperture small.

    A Conchological Manual George Brettingham Sowerby
patelliform in Medicine

patelliform pa·tel·li·form (pə-těl'ə-fôrm')
adj.
Shaped like the patella; pan-shaped.

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