Cleft-palate definition

Incomplete closure of the palate during development of an embryo, resulting in a split along part or all of the roof of the mouth.
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A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire palate.
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A cleft from front to back along the middle of the palate, or roof, of the mouth, caused by the failure of the two parts of the palate to join in prenatal development.
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A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire palate.
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(teratology) An abnormal condition in which the two plates of the skull that form the hard palate (roof of the mouth) are not completely joined.
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Noun

Singular:
cleft-palate
Plural:
cleft palates