cleft lip

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Potential fetal impacts of anti-seizure drugs include spina bifida, cleft lip and autism, according to studies. Meena Venkataramanan, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 Researchers digitized the faces of three medieval people: a bishop, a young woman, and a cleric with a cleft lip and palate. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Oct. 2022 He was born with a rare genetic disorder that affected the development of his legs and feet and resulted in a cleft lip and palate. Allison Torres Burtka, Outside Online, 16 Sep. 2022 Potential fetal impacts of anti-seizure drugs include spina bifida, cleft lip and autism, according to studies. Meena Venkataramanan, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 Potential fetal impacts of anti-seizure drugs include spina bifida, cleft lip and autism, according to studies. Meena Venkataramanan, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 Potential fetal impacts of anti-seizure drugs include spina bifida, cleft lip and autism, according to studies. Meena Venkataramanan, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 Potential fetal impacts of anti-seizure drugs include spina bifida, cleft lip and autism, according to studies. Meena Venkataramanan, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 Potential fetal impacts of anti-seizure drugs include spina bifida, cleft lip and autism, according to studies. Meena Venkataramanan, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleft lip was circa 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Cleft lip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleft%20lip. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

cleft lip

noun

: one or more splits in the upper lip that occur as a birth defect

Medical Definition

cleft lip

noun

: 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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