Definition of Soft palate

1. Noun. A muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking.

Exact synonyms: Velum
Terms within: Uvula
Group relationships: Palate, Roof Of The Mouth
Generic synonyms: Flap
Derivative terms: Velar

Definition of Soft palate

1. Noun. (anatomy) The soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth. ¹

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Medical Definition of Soft palate

1. The muscular part of the roof of the mouth. The soft palate is directly behind the hard palate. It lacks bone and so is soft. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Soft palate

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

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The palate forms the roof of the mouth : it consists of two portions, the hard palate in front, the soft palate behind. The hard palate is bounded in front ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"Its anterior surface is grooved to embrace the posterior margin of the ramus of the lower jaw, nnd advances forward beneath the ramus, between the two ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Anatomists are accustomed to speak of the hard and the soft palate. The former is constituted by the palate and superior maxillary bones; the latter is the ..."

4. Anatomy of the Cat by Jacob Ellsworth Reighard, Herbert Spencer Jennings (1901)
"The soft palate is the free curtain-like structure which forms the caudal part ... The muscles of the soft palate in the cat are as follows: M. tensor veli ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"However wide a cleft of the hard and soft palate may be I prefer to operate upon the entire cleft at once rather than divide the operation into two parts, ..."

6. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1914)
"A year later he had a recurrence, at which time a mixed tumor was found in the right side of the soft palate. The tumor was large, slow-growing, uneven, ..."

7. The Laryngoscope by American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (1908)
"... Variable Infiltration of the Uvula, soft palate, and Right Arytenoid Cartilage in a Lady art. 30. Shown by Sir Felix Semon. The patient was first seen ..."

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