Definition of soft palate in English:

soft palate

noun

  • The fleshy, flexible part toward the back of the roof of the mouth.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Phonation depends on the sphincter action of the soft palate, tongue, and lips.’
    • ‘Another odd characteristic of beavers is that their epiglottis lies above the soft palate, within the narial passage.’
    • ‘Laughter therapy is very good for the muscles of the soft palate and throat.’
    • ‘In addition to the vallate and fungiform papillae of the tongue, taste buds are found in the soft palate, oropharynx, and epiglottis.’
    • ‘The size of the tongue is assessed in relation to that of the soft palate, while the tongue rests in the floor of the mouth.’
    • ‘Submucous clefts are often not recognised early as there is apparently an intact soft palate, but the muscle alignment is abnormal and may give rise to poor speech development.’
    • ‘There is progressive loss of oral manipulation of food, associated with increasing weakness and atrophy of the tongue, masseter muscles and soft palate.’
    • ‘With the mouth wide open and the patient's head tilted back, the hard and soft palates should be carefully inspected and palpated.’
    • ‘The noise is generated by vibration of the soft palate - the back of the roof of the mouth - when air passes over it during breathing.’
    • ‘The adenoids are located high in the throat behind the nose and soft palate (roof of the mouth) and are not visible through the mouth without special instruments.’
    • ‘Radiofrequency ablation of the soft palate to cure snoring caused by palatal vibration has recently come into vogue.’
    • ‘Scattered taste buds are also found in the epithelium of the soft palate, pharynx, larynx and epiglottis.’
    • ‘The soft palate elevates to close the nasopharynx, and the suprahyoid muscles pull the larynx up and forward.’
    • ‘A palatine branch of this artery may be larger than usual and supplies the soft palate, taking the place of the inferior palatine branch of the facial, which in such cases is small.’
    • ‘Cleft palate may involve only the soft palate at the back of the mouth or may run forwards through the bone of the hard palate.’
    • ‘Most of the speech sounds in English require that the space between your mouth and your nose behind the soft palate be completely closed.’
    • ‘Men have larger soft palates and longer airways (from the hard palate to the base of the epiglottis) than women, but men also have larger airway volume, which may be compensatory.’
    • ‘Clinically, the patient had an extensive ulcerating tonsillar tumour involving the right-sided soft palate, posterior buccal mucosa and posterior tongue base.’
    • ‘When we swallow, the soft palate closes off the nasal passages from the throat to prevent food from entering the nose.’
    roof of the mouth
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Pronunciation:

soft palate

/ˌsôf(t) ˈpalət/