Definition of palatal in English:


Line breaks: pal|atal
Pronunciation: /ˈpalət(ə)l


  • 1Relating to the palate: a palatal lesion
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    • The lesion was distal and palatal to the maxillary left second molar, which was vital.
    • Infectious mononucleosis should be suspected and a diagnostic evaluation obtained in febrile patients who have sore throat plus splenomegaly, palatal petechiae, or posterior, axillary, or inguinal adenopathy.
    • Lesions may also affect the palate, pharynx, and larynx, causing palatal dysfunction, dysphagia, dysphonia, and aspiration.
  • 1.1 Phonetics (Of a speech sound) made by placing the blade of the tongue against or near the hard palate (e.g. y in yes).
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    • Modern Portuguese is characterized by an abundance of sibilant and palatal consonants and a broad spectrum of vowel sounds.
    • His spelling of tree and leg shows that the Proto-Athabaskan velars had not yet become palatal affricates, as they soon thereafter did.
    • In the International Phonetic Alphabet, < c > represents a voiceless palatal stop, < q > a voiceless uvular stop.


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  • A palatal sound.
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    • The problem with this is that these languages display palatals in the vicinity of both front and back vowels, and even before other consonants.
    • Serbian has a fairly extensive set of palatals and three sets of affricates.



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  • Here, he fed me a physically light but palatally super-heavy duck liver and foie gras tartine, roasted quail with deep-fried quails' eggs, and a brilliant wood pigeon on parsnip risotto.
  • The palatally displaced canine anomaly is a tooth malposition occurring in 1% to 3% of most populations.
  • We demonstrated that, during the palatally induced jaw-closing reflex, the tongue extended at jaw closure.


early 18th century: from French, from Latin palatum (see palate).

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