cleft lip

noun

Definition of cleft lip

: a birth defect characterized by one or more clefts in the upper lip resulting from failure of the embryonic parts of the lip to unite

Examples of cleft lip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among other acts of largess, donations from nearby communities in the region and from the Guatemalan diaspora have paid for Ángela Idalia’s first surgery to repair her cleft lip and have enabled the García family to build a new house. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2021 One of 11 siblings, Ms. García hoped to make enough money in the United States to cover the cost of an operation for her one-year-old sister, Angela Idalia, who was born with a cleft lip, her father said. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2021 Santa Cristina went north in hopes of earning enough money to pay for an operation for a relative born with a cleft lip. Santiago Billy, Star Tribune, 28 Jan. 2021 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in 2,800 babies is born with a cleft lip in the United States. Sydney Page Washington Post, Star Tribune, 9 Oct. 2020 Shriner’s moved to its current location in the Texas Medical Center in 1996 and cares for children with acute burns, orthopedic conditions, spinal injuries, and cleft lip and palate abnormalities at its Houston-area locations. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, 21 Nov. 2020 Then a man who has a 2-year-old with a cleft lip walked into the shelter. Sydney Page Washington Post, Star Tribune, 9 Oct. 2020 The virtual event, which benefits the non-profit Smile Train, aims to raise funds and awareness for children born with a cleft lip or palate. Ralphie Aversa, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2020 The campaign also donates up to $1 million to Operation Smile, an organization that provides safe surgeries for children with cleft lip and cleft palate. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cleft lip

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Cleft lip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleft%20lip. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for cleft lip

cleft lip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cleft lip

medical : a split in the upper lip that some people are born with

cleft lip

noun

Medical Definition of cleft lip

: a birth defect characterized by one or more clefts in the upper lip resulting from failure of the embryonic parts of the lip to unite

called also cheiloschisis

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