soft palate
noun Date: circa 1811 the fold at the back of the hard palate that partially separates the mouth from the pharynx

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Soft palate — Lateral wall of nasal cavity. (Soft palate visible in lower right) …   Wikipedia

  • Soft palate — Soft Soft (s[o^]ft; 115), a. [Compar. {Softer} (s[o^]ft [ e]r); superl. {Softest}.] [OE. softe, AS. s[=o]fte, properly adv. of s[=e]fte, adj.; akin to OS. s[=a]fto, adv., D. zacht, OHG. samfto, adv., semfti, adj., G. sanft, LG. sacht; of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soft palate — n. the soft part at the rear of the roof of the mouth; velum * * * …   Universalium

  • soft palate — n the soft part at the back of the top of your mouth …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • soft palate — n. the soft part at the rear of the roof of the mouth; velum …   English World dictionary

  • soft palate — ► NOUN ▪ the fleshy, flexible part towards the back of the roof of the mouth …   English terms dictionary

  • Soft palate — The muscular part of the roof of the mouth. The soft palate is directly behind the hard palate. It lacks bone and so is soft. * * * soft palate n the membranous and muscular fold suspended from the posterior margin of the hard palate and… …   Medical dictionary

  • soft palate — soft′ pal′ate n. See under palate 1) • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • soft palate — soft part of the roof of the mouth located in the rear near the throat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • soft palate — noun The soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth. Syn: velum, muscular palate …   Wiktionary

  • soft palate — /sɒft ˈpælət/ (say soft paluht) noun → palate (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

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