soft palate

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soft pal·ate

[TA]
the posterior muscular portion of the palate, forming an incomplete septum between the mouth and the oropharynx and between the oropharynx and the nasopharynx.

soft palate

n.
The movable fold, consisting of muscular fibers enclosed in a mucous membrane, that is suspended from the rear of the hard palate and closes off the nasal cavity from the oral cavity during swallowing or sucking.

soft pal·ate

(sawft pal'ăt) [TA]
The posterior muscular portion of the palate, forming an incomplete septum between the mouth and the oropharynx, and between the oropharynx and the nasopharynx.
Synonym(s): velum palatinum.

soft palate

The mobile flap of muscle covered with mucous membrane that is attached to the rear edge of the hard palate. The soft palate seals off the cavity of the nose from the mouth during swallowing.

Soft palate

The structure at the roof of the mouth that separates the mouth and the pharynx.
Mentioned in: Snoring

soft pal·ate

(sawft pal'ăt) [TA]
Posterior muscular portion of palate, forming an incomplete septum between mouth and oropharynx and between oropharynx and nasopharynx.
Synonym(s): velum palatinum.