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

Synonyms: 
Patellar ligament
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Quick overview of the kneecap anatomy.

Knee anatomy intro

This page demonstrates the bones of the knee - femur, tibia, and patella. The shock-absorbing menisci fill the gap between the rounded ends of the femur bone and the flattened upper surface of the tibia bone. The cruciate ligaments act as a 'stay' to allow movement of the femur and tibia, without the movement being excessive.

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