Cleft palate

a congenital defect of the palate in which a longitudinal fissure exists in the roof of the mouth, often associated with a cleft lip.
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Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
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The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
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The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

a congenital crack or fissure in the midline of the hard palate, often associated with a harelip
cleft palate
Incomplete closure of the palate during development of an embryo, resulting in a split along part or all of the roof of the mouth.


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