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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.

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]

palate

/pal·ate/ (pal´it) roof of the mouth; the partition separating the nasal and oral cavities.pal´atalpal´atine
cleft palate  congenital fissure of median line of palate.
hard palate  the anterior portion of the palate, separating the oral and nasal cavities, consisting of the bony framework and covering membranes.
soft palate  the fleshy part of the palate, extending from the posterior edge of the hard palate; the uvula projects from its free inferior border.

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.

palate

[pal′it]
Etymology: L, palatum
the bony muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities that forms the roof of the mouth. It is divided into the hard palate and the soft palate. Also called uraniscus. palatal, palatine, adj.
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Palate

pal·ate

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

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.

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.

pal·ate

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

palate

the roof of the mouth.
The front portion braced by the upper jaw bones (maxillae) is known as the hard palate and forms the partition between the mouth and the nose. The fleshy part arching from the hard palate to the throat is called the soft palate and separates the oropharynx from the nasopharynx. When the animal 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. See also soft palate.

cleft palate
see cleft lip.
displaced palate
the soft palate of the horse, except during deglutition, rests below the epiglottis. It may be displaced and come to lie above the epiglottis, due either to hypoplasia of the epiglottis or paresis of the soft palate.
midline defect of palate
see cleft lip.
palate reflexes
swallowing caused by stimulation of the palate.