from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. The soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See the Note under Palate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a muscular flap that closes off the nasopharynx during swallowing or speaking


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