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cleft palate

noun
  1. a congenital defect of the palate in which a longitudinal fissure exists in the roof of the mouth, often associated with a cleft lip.
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Origin of cleft palate

First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for cleft palate

cleft palate

noun
  1. 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.
  1. 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.palatoschisis
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cleft palate in Science

cleft palate

  1. 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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