See under palate(def 1).
Origin of hard palate
First recorded in 1855–60
Definition for hard palate (2 of 2)
[ pal-it ]
/ ˈpæl ɪt /
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
1350–1400; Middle English palat < Latin palātum roof of the mouth
Related formspal·ate·less, adjectivepal·ate·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hard 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
British Dictionary definitions for hard palate (1 of 2)
the anterior bony portion of the roof of the mouth, extending backwards to the soft palate
British Dictionary definitions for hard palate (2 of 2)
/ (ˈpælɪt) /
Word Origin for palate
C14: from Latin palātum, perhaps of Etruscan origin
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Medicine definitions for hard palate (1 of 2)
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.
Medicine definitions for hard palate (2 of 2)
[ păl′ĭt ]
The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.
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Science definitions for hard palate (1 of 2)
See under palate.
Science definitions for hard palate (2 of 2)
[ păl′ĭt ]
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.
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Culture definitions for hard palate
[ (pal-uht) ]
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.
It is sometimes said that a person has a “cultivated palate” if he or she has a discerning taste for food.
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