cleft palate


Definition of cleft palate

: congenital fissure of the roof of the mouth

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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 Results here suggested a link between the two antibiotics and several birth defects, such as anopthamalia (the absence of one or both eyes), a condition that affects blood flow through the heart, and cleft lip with cleft palate. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About Treating a UTI While Pregnant," 18 Jan. 2018 Yet, past studies have linked fevers to a variety of birth defects, including cleft lip or cleft palate, certain types of heart defects, and neural tube defects commonly called spina bifida. Susan Scutti, CNN, "How fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects," 10 Oct. 2017 The report, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, identified a major cause of miscarriages, in addition to heart, spinal, kidney and cleft palate problems in newborn babies. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Spread the News: Vitamin B3 in Vegemite Prevents Some Birth Defects," 10 Aug. 2017

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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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