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 Sniffing strength depends on the position of the soft palate, the tissue in the back of the mouth that controls airflow through the nasal passage. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Aug. 2010 About a quarter of the nondisabled volunteers screened for the study didn’t have enough control over their soft palates to use the device. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Aug. 2010 Palatal petechiae can be lesions or bruising on the soft palate of a person's mouth. Reven Widener, Health, 31 May 2023 The soft palate could be redundant and low-hanging and basically blocking the airway. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 29 June 2023 The soft palate is the back top part of the mouth connected to the hard palate. Reven Widener, Health, 31 May 2023 Carlos had three red flags in his medical history: congenital heart disease, developmental delay and a likely problem with his soft palate. Mark Cohen, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2014 It was tested by manipulating a tongue depressor around the uvula, soft palate, and pharyngeal vault. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2010 Doctors either use lasers to scar and toughen the tissue in the soft palate or insert plastic pillars within the palate that heal over. Paul Kita, Men's Health, 15 Dec. 2022

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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