Pat`e*fac"tion(?), n. [L. patefactio, fr. patefacere to open; patere to lie open + facere to make.] The act of opening, disclosing, or manifesting; open declaration. Jer. Taylor.
Pat"e*la(?), n. [Hind. patel.] A large flat-bottomed trading boat peculiar to the river Ganges; -- called also puteli.
(Anat.) The kneecap; the kneepan; the cap of the knee.
(Zol.) A genus of marine gastropods, including many species of limpets. The shell has the form of a flattened cone. The common European limpet (Patella vulgata) is largely used for food.
(Bot.) A kind of apothecium in lichens, which is orbicular, flat, and sessile, and has a special rim not a part of the thallus.
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