from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Repair of a cleft palate by plastic surgery.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In surgery, the plastic operation for cleft palate, consisting in uniting the mucous membrane across the cleft. Also called cionorrhaphia, palatorrhaphy.
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- noun The operation of
unitinga cleft palateby paringand bringing together the edges of the cleft.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[staphylo– + Greek rhaphē, suture (from rhaptein, to sew; see wer- in Indo-European roots).]
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