soft palate

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soft palate (plural soft palates)

  1. (anatomy) The soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth.
    Synonyms: velum, muscular palate
    Coordinate term: hard palate
    • 1754, Bernhard Siegfried, The Explanation of Albinus's Anatomical Figures of the Human Skeleton and Muscles:
      The part which is connected by a thin tendinous end to the tendinous membrane, that is extended above upon the soft palate, coming from the nostrils; and with that membrane seems to be inserted into the middle and posterior edge of the palate bones.


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