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[hair-lip] /ˈhɛərˌlɪp/
Usually Offensive. cleft lip.
Origin of harelip
First recorded in 1560-70; hare + lip
Related forms
harelipped, adjective
Can be confused
harebrained, harelip.
Usage note
The term harelip is usually perceived as insulting because it compares the deformity in humans to the normal cleft lip of a hare. The accepted term for this medical condition is cleft lip. Unabridged
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a congenital cleft or fissure in the midline of the upper lip, resembling the cleft upper lip of a hare, often occurring with cleft palate Preferred form cleft lip
Derived Forms
harelipped, adjective
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harelip in Medicine

harelip hare·lip (hâr'lĭp')
See cleft lip.

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