This is the hard palate, and forms only the front portion of the roof.
The soft palate is suspended like a curtain from the hard palate, behind.
The pterygoids are smaller than in Echidna, and the hard palate does not extend so far back as in that genus.
The hard palate extends horizontally from the gums backward, and is continued as the soft palate.
The hard palate and upper teeth form in part the walls of the mouth.
The horizontal septum, on the development within it of an osseous plate, constitutes the hard palate.
It should, as the phrase goes, be directed against the hard palate just above the front teeth.
What is black in the diagrams indicates those parts of the hard palate which are touched by the tongue.
In more severe cases, it extends into the hard palate as far forward as the foramen incisivum.
Postpalatal length is the distance from the posterior margin of the hard palate to the anterior margin of the foramen magnum.
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.
hard palate n.
The anterior part of the palate, consisting of the bony palate covered above by the mucous membrane of the nose, and below by the mucoperiosteum of the roof of the mouth.
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.