The roof of the mouth, consisting of the hard and soft palate.
He also notes the position of the tongue and the soft palate.
The tonsils lie between two folds, the pillars of the fauces, connected with the soft palate.
Icepicks stabbed from his soft palate, up into his brain, his temples.
Sneezing is like coughing; the tongue is raised against the soft palate, so the air is forced through the nasal passages.
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The catheter is then pushed directly upwards until its stem impinges against the soft palate.
The soft palate only may contain the cleft, or simply the uvula.
Shutting off the entrance of the breath, by raising the soft palate, is possible as a muscular exercise.
But whether the soft palate is high or low does not settle the matter.
late 14c., "roof of the mouth," from Old French palat and directly from Latin palatum "roof of the mouth," perhaps of Etruscan origin [Klein]. Popularly considered the seat of taste, hence transferred meaning "sense of taste" (late 14c.), which also was in classical Latin. Related: Palatal; palatalize.
soft palate n.
The movable fold, consisting of muscular fibers enclosed in mucous membrane, that is suspended from the rear of the hard palate and closes off the nasal cavity from the oral cavity during swallowing or sucking.
palate pal·ate (pāl'ĭt)
The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.
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See under palate.
The roof of the mouth in vertebrate animals, separating the mouth from the passages of the nose. ◇ The bony part of the palate is called the hard palate. ◇ A soft, flexible, rear portion of the palate, called the soft palate, is present in mammals only and serves to close off the mouth from the nose during swallowing.
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.
Note: It is sometimes said that a person has a “cultivated palate” if he or she has a discerning taste for food.