cleft palate


Definition of cleft palate

: congenital fissure of the roof of the mouth

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Recent Examples on the Web Other Chinese are more willing to adopt children with treatable conditions like cleft palates. The Economist, "Chaguan For people in China, adopting Chinese children is getting easier," 6 June 2020 Others had eye problems, ear problems, a cleft palate, no toes. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "The Unseen Survivors of Thalidomide Want to Be Heard," 23 Mar. 2020 Rhyle McKinney, Argyle Senior, G, 5-10 The SMU signee, who was born with a cleft palate and is legally deaf, was named the Class 4A-1A state player of the year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association for the second straight season. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "SportsDayHS’ 2020 all-area girls basketball teams: See full first, second and third teams for the Dallas-area," 20 Mar. 2020 Cleft lip and cleft palate result when facial structures that are developing in an unborn baby don’t close completely. Ben Thomas |, al, "‘Warrior:’ Mobile Christian pitcher Ethan McPherson flourishes despite double-digit surgeries," 5 Apr. 2020 McKinney, who was born with a cleft palate and is legally deaf, averaged 23.9 points during an all-state junior year and is averaging 20.4 points this season. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "The New York Yankees of girls basketball? How Argyle is building a dynasty that rivals the best in state history," 5 Mar. 2020 The publicity also has generated more than $10,000 in donations for The Mia Foundation, which started eight years ago and is named for Rogers' late dog, Mia, who was born with a cleft palate. Marcia Greenwood, USA TODAY, "Puppy and pigeon snuggle in adorable viral photos," 22 Feb. 2020 The 2020 competitors include special needs players, such as Ferris, a three-legged Labrador Retriever mix; Filbert, a blind and hearing-impaired Shetland Sheepdog mix; and Rooster, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Bulldog mix with a cleft palate. oregonlive, "When are 2020 ‘Puppy Bowl’ and ‘Kitten Bowl’ on?: Date, time, TV channels, how to stream," 31 Jan. 2020 Or the dentist who arranged to fix a 9-year-old girl's cleft palate and straightened her teeth with orthodontic work. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Give to 'Season for Sharing' and you could win some time with me, Karina Bland," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of cleft palate

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Cleft palate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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