soft palate

noun

Definition of soft palate

: the fold at the back of the hard palate that partially separates the mouth from the pharynx

Examples of soft palate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another common cause of snoring is a soft palate issue. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best anti-snoring device of 2020," 8 Aug. 2020 The positions of the lips and tongue, and the soft palate, also influence what kinds of sound are produced. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "After 3,000 years, we can hear the “voice” of a mummified Egyptian priest," 24 Jan. 2020 There is a wide range of surgical procedures that open the space for breathing in the throat by removing or repositioning structures such as the soft palate (back of the roof of the mouth) or tongue. Eric Kezirian, The Conversation, "A good night’s sleep, a long-sought dream for sleep apnea patients, may be in closer reach," 28 Oct. 2019 Another pertinent example is the flutter of the human soft palate. Justin Webster, Scientific American, "Harnessing the Invisible Power of “Flutter”," 31 Mar. 2018 No such screening test exists for oropharyngeal sites the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, the throat behind the nasal cavity and symptoms usually don't appear until cancer is advanced. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses," 12 Mar. 2018 No such screening test exists for oropharyngeal sites - the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, the throat behind the nasal cavity - and symptoms usually don’t appear until cancer is advanced. Marie Mccullough, miamiherald, "Oral sex is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Indeed, results from a number of experiments indicate that all areas of the mouth containing taste buds – including several parts of the tongue, the soft palate (on the roof of your mouth) and the throat – are sensitive to all taste qualities. Steven D Munger, Smithsonian, "The Taste Map of the Tongue You Learned in School Is All Wrong," 23 May 2017

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1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Soft palate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft%20palate. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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soft palate

noun

Medical Definition of soft palate

: the membranous and muscular fold suspended from the posterior margin of the hard palate and partially separating the mouth cavity from the pharynx

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