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 The sniff controller, however, can measure changes in pressure caused by sniffs regulated by the soft palate, independent of breathing. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, 29 July 2010 But most can still control their sniffing via cranial nerves in the soft palate. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, 29 July 2010 Another common cause of snoring is a soft palate issue. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 28 Oct. 2019 Another pertinent example is the flutter of the human soft palate. Justin Webster, Scientific American, 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, 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, 8 Mar. 2018

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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 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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