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cleft palate

a congenital defect of the palate in which a longitudinal fissure exists in the roof of the mouth, often associated with a cleft lip.
Origin of cleft palate
1840-50 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cleft palate
  • In connection with the bones of the face a common malformation is cleft palate.
  • He researches craniofacial development, including mutations that cause cleft palate.
  • Nobody would question the correction of a cleft palate.
  • Roger, who had been born with a cleft palate, was shy and artistic.
  • Jeff was born with a double cleft palate and was facially disfigured.
  • Chase has developed a device for cleft palate patients who are not candidates for surgery.
  • The cleft palate is a common and serious birth defect, but you don't hear much about it.
  • Folic acid reduces the risk for neural tube defects and possibly facial abnormalities, such as cleft palate.
  • Inborn structural abnormalities, such as cleft palate, increase risk.
British Dictionary definitions for cleft palate

cleft palate

a congenital crack or fissure in the midline of the hard palate, often associated with a harelip
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cleft palate in Medicine

cleft palate n.
A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire palate. Also called palatoschisis.

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cleft palate in Science
cleft palate  
Incomplete closure of the palate during development of an embryo, resulting in a split along part or all of the roof of the mouth.
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