American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. anatomy The soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See the Note under Palate.
- n. a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking
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