velopharyngeal closure

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delayed primary closure the surgical closing of a wound several days after the injury because the wound was initially too contaminated to close; called also healing by third intention.
Vacuum Assisted closure (VAC) trademark for a system that uses the controlled negative pressure of a vacuum to promote healing of certain types of wound. The edges of the wound are made airtight with foam and a dressing, and a tube is placed in the wound, connecting to a canister that creates a vacuum. Infectious materials and other fluids are then sucked out of the wound.
velopharyngeal closure closure of nasal air escape by the elevation of the soft palate and contraction of the posterior pharyngeal wall; see also velopharyngeal insufficiency.
visual closure identification of complete forms or objects from incomplete visual presentations.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

vel·o·pha·ryn·ge·al clo·sure

the sphincteral apposition of the velum (soft palate) and the upper pharyngeal walls as in deglutition and in some speech sounds.
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The results indicated that both cleft palate speakers and normal speakers were able to develop pharyngeal wall movement as a result of the stimulation, but there was no real change in the pattern of velopharyngeal closure for speech.
The speakers were able to utilize a more normal approximation of velopharyngeal closure that was within the degrees of freedom of their motor programming system.
The most important factor in collaboration is keeping an open line of communication, particularly if therapy is to be directed to the behavioral treatment of velopharyngeal closure. The team speech-language pathologist and field practitioner need to communicate frequently if a muscle rehabilitation program is initiated.
Data indicates that the clients were able to improve velopharyngeal closure after receiving one of the two treatments (Davis & Drichta, 1980; Kuehn1991).
Velopharyngeal closure during speech production enables a speaker to generate appropriate air pressure and flow for the production of oral obstruents and to produce voiced sounds without excessive nasal resonance.
A fiberscopic study of velopharyngeal closure in patients with operated cleft palates.
Fiberscopic methods for assessment of velopharyngeal closure during various activities.
Considerations for behavioral treatment of velopharyngeal closure for speech.