soft palate

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web When airflow is restricted, the soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, and tongue vibrate against each other as air is forced out. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 22 Sep. 2022 The uvula and soft palate at the back of our throats also relax. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 24 May 2022 Muscle tone weakens as we age, including in our soft palate and neck. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 Muscle tone weakens as we age, including in our soft palate and neck. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 Muscle tone weakens as we age, including in our soft palate and neck. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 Muscle tone weakens as we age, including in our soft palate and neck. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 Muscle tone weakens as we age, including in our soft palate and neck. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 Muscle tone weakens as we age, including in our soft palate and neck. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soft palate was in 1749

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“Soft palate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft%20palate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

soft palate

noun

: 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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