soft palate(redirected from palatum molle)
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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.
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(Anatomy) the posterior fleshy portion of the roof of the mouth. It forms a movable muscular flap that seals off the nasopharynx during swallowing and speech
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1. the roof of the mouth in mammals, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior fleshy portion (soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity.
2. the sense of taste: a dinner to delight the palate.
3. intellectual or aesthetic taste.
[1350–1400; Middle English palat < Latin palātum]
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See under palate.
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|Noun||1.||soft palate - a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking|
uvula - a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate
palate, roof of the mouth - the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
flap - a movable piece of tissue partly connected to the body
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soft palaten → palato molle
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