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cleft palate

a congenital defect of the palate in which a longitudinal fissure exists in the roof of the mouth, often associated with a cleft lip.
Origin of cleft palate
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cleft palate
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  • She married a society man of old family who had cleft palate.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • This leads to various deformities, the chief of which are cleft palate and hare-lip.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • A priori, cleft palate is an evident expression of hereditary defect.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • cleft palate has been observed among dogs, sheep, goats, &c.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • It is due to defective development of the embryo and is as a rule found in association with cleft palate.


    William J. Robinson
  • I expected, after half an hour's conversation, that he would ask to look down my throat to see if I had a cleft palate.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Another frequent abnormality is cleft palate, a fissure in the palate, due to defective development.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • Many of them have cleft palate or harelip, straight hair very black, and heads rather flattened on top.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • A number of procedures for the correction of harelip and of cleft palate have already been noted.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • One had a cleft palate, another great copper-colored blotches on his forehead, and all were covered with humor.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for cleft palate

cleft palate

a congenital crack or fissure in the midline of the hard palate, often associated with a harelip
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cleft palate in Medicine

cleft palate n.
A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire palate. Also called palatoschisis.

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cleft palate in Science
cleft palate  
Incomplete closure of the palate during development of an embryo, resulting in a split along part or all of the roof of the mouth.
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