cleft palate

noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of cleft palate

: congenital fissure of the roof of the mouth

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First Known Use of cleft palate

1847


CLEFT PALATE Defined for English Language Learners

cleft palate

noun

Definition of cleft palate for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

cleft palate

noun

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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