cleft palate
noun Date: 1847 congenital fissure of the roof of the mouth

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cleft palate — n. a cleft from front to back along the middle of the palate, or roof, of the mouth, caused by the failure of the two parts of the palate to join in prenatal development …   English World dictionary

  • cleft palate — cleft palates N VAR If someone has a cleft palate, they were born with a narrow opening along the roof of their mouth which makes it difficult for them to speak properly …   English dictionary

  • cleft palate — n a split in the top of the inside of someone s mouth, that they are born with and that makes it difficult for them to speak clearly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cleft palate — noun count a medical condition in which there is a narrow space inside someone s mouth at the top, so that it is difficult for them to speak clearly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cleft palate — ► NOUN ▪ a congenital split in the roof of the mouth …   English terms dictionary

  • Cleft palate — An opening in the roof of the mouth (the palate) due to a failure of the palatal shelves to come fully together from either side of the mouth and fuse, as they normally should, during embryonic development. The opening in the palate permits… …   Medical dictionary

  • cleft palate — a congenital defect of the palate in which a longitudinal fissure exists in the roof of the mouth. [1840 50] * * * Fairly common congenital disorder in which a fissure forms in the roof of the mouth. It may affect only the soft palate or extend… …   Universalium

  • cleft palate — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cleft palate : singular cleft palate plural cleft palates a medical condition in which there is a narrow space inside someone s mouth at the top, so that it is difficult for them to speak clearly …   English dictionary

  • cleft palate — noun a congenital fissure of the hard palate • Hypernyms: ↑birth defect, ↑congenital anomaly, ↑congenital defect, ↑congenital disorder, ↑congenital abnormality * * * noun, pl ⋯ ates [count] medical : a split in the roof of the mouth that some… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cleft palate — cleft′ pal′ate n. pat a congenital defect of the palate in which a longitudinal fissure exists in the roof of the mouth • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • cleft palate — a fissure in the midline of the palate due to failure of the two sides to fuse in embryonic development. Only part of the palate may be affected, or the cleft may extend the full length with bilateral clefts at the front of the maxilla; it may be …   The new mediacal dictionary

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