Definition of cleft lip in English:

cleft lip


  • A congenital split in the upper lip on one or both sides of the centre, often associated with a cleft palate.

    • ‘A cleft lip is a long opening between the upper lip and the nose.’
    • ‘About 600 cleft lips have been corrected so far in three years.’
    • ‘A cleft lip can make it more difficult for your child to suck on a nipple.’
    • ‘I have seen advertisements for a cleft lip surgeon; but who will want to spend 35 years doing only one type of operation?’
    • ‘Figure 1 provides a comparison of the anatomical features of a normal developed lip and nose with those of a cleft lip deformity.’
    • ‘Neonates with a cleft lip or palate may have other associated syndromes or congenital anomalies.’
    • ‘The hospital, third in the State, will conduct free camps to detect children with cleft lips in and around the southern districts.’
    • ‘Closure of a cleft lip (incomplete formation of the lip, or ‘harelip’) in an infant is such a procedure.’
    • ‘Surgical cleft lip repairs have been reported as early as 390 AD in China.’
    • ‘A cleft lip is a separation of the two sides of the lip.’
    • ‘A cleft lip is a condition that creates an opening in the upper lip between the mouth and nose.’
    • ‘Newborns with a cleft lip or palate require genetic evaluation and plastic surgery.’
    • ‘The plastic surgeons were kept very busy, he said, ‘because a large proportion of children and babies in the area are born with cleft lips and palates.’’
    • ‘The most characteristic features associated with the bilateral cleft lip may include any or all of the following.’
    • ‘Correction of the unilateral cleft lip nasal deformity presents a very difficult problem.’
    • ‘A cleft lip can range from a simple notch in the upper lip to a complete gap in the lip running into the floor of the nostril.’
    • ‘Rarely, maternal use of benzodiazepines has been associated with anomalies such as cleft lip and palate, as well as a withdrawal syndrome in the newborn.’
    • ‘One explanation could be that we included people with discrete malformations associated with cleft lip and palate.’
    • ‘The repaired cleft lip may be noticed in the adult as an uneven upper lip and a scar that runs from the nose down through the upper lip.’
    • ‘I closed my eyes, and kept having visions of a baby with spinobifida, or down syndrome, or malformed body parts, or a cleft lip, and I got shaky.’


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


cleft lip