palate


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to palate: cleft palate

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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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
References in periodicals archive ?
WHAT CAUSES A CLEFT LIP OR PALATE? THERE'S no conclusive medical reason why some children are affected by the condition, and often it's a mystery that happens out of the blue.
The current study found that the dominant modalities of treatment were surgical repair of the lip and palate (n=10/11; 90.9% of centres) and speech therapy (n=7/11; 63.6%).
Cleft lip occurs more frequently than cleft palate. Boys are more commonly affected by only cleft lip or cleft lip with cleft palate whereas girls suffer more from cleft palate.
In fact, the way we named it was meant to differentiate it, not to mention we don't even know what the ingredients are in Old Bay," said Primal Palate co-founder Bill Staley in an emailed statement on Monday.
Therefore, this study aimed to identify the focus of scientific publications in the area of orofacial motricity in individuals with cleft lip and palate, as well as validated protocols used in speech therapy evaluation.
Children with a cleft lip also can have a cleft palate.
Adigun revealed that it costs about $400 dollars per patient to perform surgery for cleft lip and palate.
Rai Bachchan was addressing the media on the birth anniversary of her father Krishnaraj Rai to announce a campaign with NGO Smile Train India, to create renewed awareness around cleft lip and palate, in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) will host Operation Smile UAE on August 10 and 11, offering transformative surgery for young people with cleft lip and cleft palate conditions.
The lesion was friable, exophytic in nature, spanning the soft palate, and approximately 1.5 x 0.5 cm in size.
Cleft Palate Speech and Resonance: An Audio and Video Resource (online access included)