cleft palate


Definition of cleft palate

: congenital fissure of the roof of the mouth

Examples of cleft palate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An only child born to a single mother, Campbell was one of about every 1,600 children in America born with cleft lip with cleft palate each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clare Proctor, The Indianapolis Star, 30 July 2021 Camp About Face brings together children born with cleft lip, cleft palate or another craniofacial difference for a weeklong camp every summer at Bradford Woods. Clare Proctor, The Indianapolis Star, 30 July 2021 Santa Cristina García, 20, migrated to pay for her younger sister’s cleft palate surgery. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 So are cleft lips, sometimes accompanied by cleft palate. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021 MacKenzie was born in Hilton, New York, with a cleft palate and spent the first year of her life being fed through a tube and battling several bouts of pneumonia. Marika Gerken, CNN, 24 Oct. 2020 The campaign also donates up to $1 million to Operation Smile, an organization that provides safe surgeries for children with cleft lip and cleft palate. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2020 Other Chinese are more willing to adopt children with treatable conditions like cleft palates. The Economist, 6 June 2020 Others had eye problems, ear problems, a cleft palate, no toes. Katie Thomas, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cleft palate

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cleft palate was in 1847

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“Cleft palate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cleft palate

: 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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