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1. (Science: anatomy) The roof of the mouth.

The fixed portion, or palate proper, supported by the maxillary and palatine bones, is called the hard palate to distinguish it from the membranous and muscular curtain which separates the cavity of the mouth from the pharynx and is called the soft palate, or velum.

2. Relish; taste; liking; a sense originating in the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste. Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests. (pope)

3. Mental relish; intellectual taste.

4. (Science: botany) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon.

Origin: L. Palatum: cf. F. Palais, Of. Also palat.

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... there baby's normal lung functioning. In addition, smoking during pregnancy gives a greater chance of physical defects like cleft lip and cleft palate. Thanks.

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... Cranial nerves ) To examine glossopharyngeal and vagus nerve function, the physician tests for the presence of touch sensation on the soft palate and the back of the throat (the latter usually eliciting a gagging reflex), the elevation of the palate on phonation (which should be symmetrical ...

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Author looking for help on mutations due to incest, please

Darby Thanks for answering. I'm thinking more like a congenital problem like a cleft palate or fluctuating assymetry issue that would become a familial trait, not necessarily a mutation. Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

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