hard palate


Definition of hard palate

: the bony anterior part of the palate forming the roof of the mouth

Examples of hard palate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dangling from the hard palate, burrowed in the nooks and crannies of the tongue and intertwined in the plaque on teeth are the many hundreds of species that make up the human oral microbiome. Eryn Brown, Smithsonian, "By Studying Mouth Bacteria, Scientists Hope to Learn the Secrets of Microbiomes," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hard palate

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard palate was in 1779

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“Hard palate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20palate. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of hard palate

: the bony anterior part of the palate forming the roof of the mouth

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