harelip

[hair-lip]
noun
Usually Offensive, cleft lip.

Origin:
1560–70; hare + lip

harelipped, adjective

harebrained, harelip.


The term harelip is usually perceived as insulting because it compares the deformity in humans to the normal cleft lip of a hare. The accepted term for this medical condition is cleft lip.
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harelip (ˈhɛəˌlɪp)
 
n
Preferred form cleft lip a congenital cleft or fissure in the midline of the upper lip, resembling the cleft upper lip of a hare, often occurring with cleft palate
 
'harelipped
 
adj

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harelip hare·lip (hâr'lĭp')
n.
See cleft lip.

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harelip

relatively common (one out of every 1,000 births) congenital deformity in which the central to medial lip fails to fuse properly during the first month of prenatal life, resulting in a fissure in the lip beneath the nostril. Once colloquially known as harelip, cleft lip may be unilateral or bilateral, it may take the form of anything from a small pit to a complete fissure the height of the lip, and it may occur alone or in conjunction with cleft palate (a fissure in the roof of the mouth). The deformity is sometimes familial; animal experiments suggest it may also occur following some abnormality of intrauterine environment. It is a frequent finding in certain chromosomal disorders. Surgery to repair the defect is performed in the first two months of life and is usually successful.

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The subject of the controversy was a shy, kindly fellow with a slight harelip.
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