Definition of soft palate in English:

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soft palate

Pronunciation: /ˌsôf(t) ˈpalət/


The fleshy, flexible part toward the back of the roof of the mouth.
Example sentences
  • Clinically, the patient had an extensive ulcerating tonsillar tumour involving the right-sided soft palate, posterior buccal mucosa and posterior tongue base.
  • Scattered taste buds are also found in the epithelium of the soft palate, pharynx, larynx and epiglottis.
  • These interruptions in your breathing, which can last 10 seconds or longer, occur when the muscles in your soft palate, uvula, tongue and tonsils relax during sleep.

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Syllabification: soft pal·ate

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