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cleft lip

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  1. a congenitally deformed lip, usually the upper one, in which there is a vertical fissure that extends into one or both nostrils.
  2. the deformity itself.
See also cleft lip.

Usage note

See harelip.
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British Dictionary definitions for cleft lip

cleft lip

  1. a congenital split in the upper lip, often associated with a cleft palate
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cleft lip in Medicine

cleft lip

  1. A congenital facial deformity of the lip, usually the upper lip, due to a mesodermal deficiency or to a failure of merging in one or more of the embryologic processes that form the lip; it is frequently associated with cleft tooth socket and cleft palate.cheiloschisis harelip
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cleft lip in Science

cleft lip

  1. A congenital deformity characterized by a vertical cleft or pair of clefts in the upper lip, with or without involvement of the palate.
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cleft lip in Culture

cleft lip

A congenital defect in which the upper lip is not properly fused together, so that a narrow crack or fissure splits the lip. It can be repaired through plastic surgery.

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