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palate

 [pal´at]
the roof of the mouth. The hard palate is the front portion braced by the upper jaw bones (maxillae); it has a bony framework and forms the partition between the mouth and the nose. The soft palate is the fleshy part arching downward from the hard palate to the throat; it separates the mouth and the pharynx. When a person swallows, the rear of the soft palate swings up against the back of the pharynx and blocks the passage of food and air to the nose. A fleshy lobe called the uvula hangs from the middle of the soft palate. adj., adj pal´atal.
cleft palate see cleft lip and cleft palate.
premaxillary palate (primary palate) that portion of the palate that was the median nasal process during early development.
secondary palate that portion of the palate that was the lateral nasal processes during early development.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pal·ate

(pal'ăt), [TA]
The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities.
Synonym(s): palatum [TA], roof of mouth, uraniscus
[L. palatum, palate]
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palate

(păl′ĭt)
n.
The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.

pal′a·tal (-ə-təl), pal′a·tine′ (-ə-tīn′) adj.
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pal·ate

(pal'ăt) [TA]
The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities.
Synonym(s): palatum [TA] .
[L. palatum, palate]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

palate

The partly hard, partly soft partition that forms the roof of the mouth and separates it from the nose. The hard palate consists of a plate of bone, part of the MAXILLA, covered with mucous membrane. The soft palate, attached to the back of the hard palate, is a small flap of muscle and fibrous tissue enclosed in a fold of mucous membrane. It can press firmly against the back wall of the PHARYNX, sealing off the opening to the nose during swallowing and when one is blowing out through the mouth.
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palate

the roof of the mouth in vertebrates formed anteriorly by a bony projection of the upper jaw and posteriorly by the fold of connective tissue (soft palate). Mammals possess a , false palate which has been formed below the original palate, and results in the opening of the nasal cavity at the back of the mouth (in the throat), allowing chewing and breathing at the same time.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

pal·ate

(pal'ăt) [TA]
Bony and muscular partition between oral and nasal cavities.
Synonym(s): roof of mouth.
[L. palatum, palate]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012