cleft palate

noun
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:
1840–50

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

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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  
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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Example sentences
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.
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