- See under palate(def 1).
Origin of soft palate
- Anatomy. the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity.
- the sense of taste: a dinner to delight the palate.
- intellectual or aesthetic taste; mental appreciation.
Origin of palate
Examples from the Web for soft palate
The soft-palate is a structure which hangs from the posterior edge of the hard-palate.The Child-Voice in Singing
Francis E. Howard
In volume, by lowering the larynx, elevating the soft-palate and hollowing the tongue.
Speech is formed by three agents: the lips, the tongue and the soft-palate.
- the posterior fleshy portion of the roof of the mouth. It forms a movable muscular flap that seals off the nasopharynx during swallowing and speech
Word Origin and History for soft palate
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.
- The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.
- The movable fold, consisting of muscular fibers enclosed in mucous membrane, that is suspended from the rear of the hard palate and closes off the nasal cavity from the oral cavity during swallowing or sucking.
- 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.
- See under palate.
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.