Definition of Palatal

1. Noun. A semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word 'yeast').

Generic synonyms: Glide, Semivowel

2. Adjective. Relating to or lying near the palate. "The palatine tonsils"
Exact synonyms: Palatine
Partainyms: Palate, Palate
Derivative terms: Palate, Palatine

3. Adjective. Produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as 'y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as 'ch' in 'chin' or 'j' in 'gin').
Exact synonyms: Palatalised, Palatalized
Similar to: Soft

Definition of Palatal

1. a. Of or pertaining to the palate; palatine; as, the palatal bones.

2. n. A sound uttered, or a letter pronounced, by the aid of the palate, as the letters k and y.

Definition of Palatal

1. Adjective. (anatomy) Pertaining to the palate. ¹

2. Adjective. (dentistry not comparable) Of an upper tooth, on the side facing the palate. ¹

3. Adjective. (phonetics) Articulated at the hard palate. ¹

4. Noun. (phonetics) A palatal consonant. ¹

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Definition of Palatal

1. a bone of the palate [n -S]

Medical Definition of Palatal

1. Relating to the palate or the palate bone. Synonym: palatine. (05 Mar 2000)

Palatal Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Palatal

palatal (current term)
palatal abscess
palatal bar
palatal expander
palatal hook
palatal hooks
palatal index
palatal muscles
palatal myoclonus
palatal nystagmus
palatal obturators
palatal papillomatosis
palatal plate
palatal reflex
palatal seal

Literary usage of Palatal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions by Cambridge Philological Society (1899)
"palatal umlaut. In the Psalter palatal umlaut appears without exception under the ... palatal umlaut of the diphthong arising from Germ, a is universal, ..."

2. Control of Tobacco-related Cancers and Other Diseases: Proceedings of an by Prakash C. Gupta, James E. Hamner, P. R. Murti (1992)
"This habit is responsible for the high incidence of palatal cancer and for ... palatal changes are precancerous, and they include several components, ..."

3. From Latin to Spanish by Paul M. Lloyd (1987)
"There is no apparent explanation, except the possibility that Basque influence may have been decisive here.78 Initial palatal /n-/ is not unknown in Spain, ..."

4. From Latin to Spanish by Paul M. Lloyd (1987)
"There is no apparent explanation, except the possibility that Basque influence may have been decisive here.78 Initial palatal /n-/ is not unknown in Spain, ..."

5. A Sanskrit Grammar: Including Both the Classical Language, and the Older by William Dwight Whitney (1879)
"The cases of assimilation of a dental to a contiguous palatal occur almost only in external combination, and before an initial palatal. ..."

6. Studies in the word-play in Plautus. by Charles Jastrow Mendelsohn, University of Pennsylvania (1903)
"same as those which inhibited development of k and^• to palatal quality before ... On the other hand, sk before palatals developed to s + palatal s%. ..."

7. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1895)
"4 2 years Female „....palatal and faucial Gibier'e 2d 3 6 months Male palatal ... 8 9 years Male palatal and faucial Aronson's 2d 9 9 months Male nasal and ..."

8. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"This arose from a careless pronunciation of the palatal y. That sound has been liable to obscuration in many languages—notably in Greek, in which aS was ..."

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