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What is the definition or description of: palate?

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Dr. Scott Harwood answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Roof of mouth: The roof of the mouth in vertebrates having a complete separation of the oral and nasal cavities and consisting of the hard palate and the soft palate.

Answered 4/9/2016

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Dr. Jeffrey Yost answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Roof of the mouth: The palate is the roof of the inside of the mouth. It is made up of two parts: the hard palate which has bone under it, and the soft palate which is the back of the mouth adjacent to the beginning of the pharynx (throat).

Answered 8/16/2017

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Dr. David Schleimer answered

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Roof of mouth: The palate is the anatomical description of the roof of the mouth. It separated into two parts: the hard palate (more forward) and the soft palate (which is closer to the throat), it separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.

Answered 8/20/2013

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Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Roof of mouth: The hard palate is made up of three bone plates joined together to form the roof of the mouth. 2 lateral plates and one anterior plate. They grow together and form the roof of the mouth. The soft palate is behind this area and slants down towards the throat. It is tissue and a compilation of muscles. It can be seen to move when we say aahh. The uvula hangs down in the middle from it

Answered 1/4/2013

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Roof of mouth: It is also the floor of the maxillary sinus and nose. It consists of the hard palate closer to the anterior and soft palate posteriorly.

Answered 2/2/2013

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