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Origin of soft palate
First recorded in 1805–15
Words nearby soft palate soft line
soft power Definition for soft palate (2 of 2) palate [ pal-it ] SHOW IPA / ˈpæl ɪt / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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 OTHER WORDS FROM palate pal·ate·less, adjective pal·ate·like, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for soft palate British Dictionary definitions for soft palate (1 of 2) noun the roof of the mouth, separating the oral and nasal cavities See hard palate, soft palate Related adjective: palatine the sense of taste she had no palate for the wine relish or enjoyment botany (in some two-lipped corollas) the projecting part of the lower lip that closes the opening of the corolla Word Origin for palate
C14: from Latin
palātum, perhaps of Etruscan origin British Dictionary definitions for soft palate (2 of 2) noun 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
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Medical definitions for soft palate (1 of 2) n. The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth. Medical definitions for soft palate (2 of 2) n. 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.
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Scientific definitions for soft palate (1 of 2) 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. Scientific definitions for soft palate (2 of 2)
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Cultural definitions for soft palate
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.
notes for palate
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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