cleft palate


Definition of cleft palate

: congenital fissure of the roof of the mouth

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The symptoms and effects, which can include heart defects, learning disabilities, hearing loss and cleft palate, involve different parts of the body and vary in severity. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale 13-year-old hopes to be a Special Olympics equestrian and a mermaid ambassador," 17 June 2019 Valproic acid also increased the risk of seven other birth defects, including cleft palate and four types of heart defects. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says," 12 June 2019 The nuns and nurses face a variety of challenging issues such as interracial adoption, cleft palate and sickle cell. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About Call The Midwife Season 9," 31 Mar. 2019 Initial exams indicate the cub suffered from severe birth defects, including a cleft palate, according to the zoo. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Meet the new snow leopard just born at Sacramento Zoo | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018 Bright Beginnings had Tyesha assessed and determined the cleft palate affected her speech. John Kelly, Washington Post, "When a District mom wanted the best for her family, Bright Beginnings was there," 2 Jan. 2018 Day’s daughter Tyesha was born with a cleft palate. John Kelly, Washington Post, "When a District mom wanted the best for her family, Bright Beginnings was there," 2 Jan. 2018 While repairing my cleft palate, the surgeon had mistakenly sewn closed my nasal passages. Kavita Das, Longreads, "Recovering My Fifth Sense," 29 Jan. 2018 But [the child] also had spina bifida, scoliosis, a cleft palate that exposed her brain through her eye sockets, her brain had never developed past 8 weeks, and there was fluid in her brain. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "15 People Share How Roe v. Wade Changed Their Lives," 22 Jan. 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cleft palate

medical : a split in the roof of the mouth that some people are born with

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Medical Definition of cleft palate

: congenital fissure of the roof of the mouth produced by failure of the two maxillae to unite during embryonic development and often associated with cleft lip

called also palatoschisis

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