A runner holding his injured popliteal.
A bruise in the hollow in the back of your knee is an example of a bruise that would be described as a popliteal bruise.
Origin of poplitealfrom Modern Latin popliteus ( from Classical Latin poples, genitive poplitis, ham of the knee) + -al
Origin of poplitealFrom New Latin popliteus from Latin poples poplit- ham of the knee
- (anatomy) Pertaining to the area behind the knee. [from 18th c.]
From Late Latin popliteus (from Latin poples (“ham, knee")) +"Ž -al.