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 Mobile Christian’s senior pitcher was born with a cleft lip and palate. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "‘Warrior:’ Mobile Christian pitcher Ethan McPherson flourishes despite double-digit surgeries," 5 Apr. 2020 Rod's 2-year-old daughter, Emma, was born with a cleft lip and palate. Freep.com, "Michiganders perform essential roles during coronavirus outbreak," 29 Mar. 2020 Operation Smile, which focuses on cleft lip and palate surgeries across the globe, gave 1,800 masks and 4,500 gloves to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. USA TODAY, "Creative legislating, empty streets, disaster declarations: News from around our 50 states," 27 Mar. 2020 While making the statement on her show, Williams pulled up her lip, mimicking a cleft lip, which angered many viewers, including Canadian football player Adam Bighill. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Wendy Williams apologizes after angering fans and Cher by mocking Joaquin Phoenix's lip scar," 16 Jan. 2020 After a week of campaigning for Williams to apologize, Bighill, who has a son born with a cleft lip, received an apology from the talk show host via Twitter on Wednesday. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Wendy Williams apologizes after angering fans and Cher by mocking Joaquin Phoenix's lip scar," 16 Jan. 2020 Plus, proceeds from the circus benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children, which provide care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, as well as cleft lips and palates. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The Cincinnati Bengals will earn first win vs. Jacksonville Jaguars," 15 Oct. 2019 Players and coaches visit Shriners Hospitals for Children, which specializes in advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Giana Han, al, "Two Auburn defensive backs headed to the Shrine Bowl," 12 Dec. 2019 The station said that Smith said he was often bullied at school because of his cleft lip. John Hanna, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: ‘Satanist’ soldier sought government’s overthrow," 26 Sep. 2019

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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