Definition of cleft lip in English:

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cleft lip

noun

A congenital split in the upper lip on one or both sides of the centre, often associated with a cleft palate.
Example sentences
  • The most characteristic features associated with the bilateral cleft lip may include any or all of the following.
  • Neonates with a cleft lip or palate may have other associated syndromes or congenital anomalies.
  • Figure 1 provides a comparison of the anatomical features of a normal developed lip and nose with those of a cleft lip deformity.

Usage

Cleft lip is the standard accepted term and should be used instead of harelip, which can cause offence.

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