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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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What is the difference between a cleft lip and a harelip?

None.: "cleft lip" is the more commonly used term today, but they refer to the same condition. ...Read more

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That's not a cleft lip, that's a harelip." what is the difference?

Same thing.: Hare lip is the old fashioned term for cleft lip. It is named after rabbits (hare) who all have a cleft lip. It is a term we try not to use any more because of the negative associations many people have with the term. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cleft lip and palate?

What is the difference between a cleft lip and palate?

Related but separate: A cleft, in general, refers to the incomplete or complete fusion of tissue during embryo development. A cleft lip refers to the incomplete or complete fusion of the upper lip skin and muscle, whereas the palate is the hard and soft tissue at the roof of the mouth. These structures are separate but can be associated with each other. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having a cleft lip and a cleft palate?

Location, location: A cleft palate is just that, a clefting isolated to the palate. A cleft lip is isolated to the lip. People can have one or the other or both. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip?

A cleft in the lip: Cleft lip is a congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. A cleft of a tissue/groove is usually seen on the upper front lip. Often doctors will look for other deformities like a cleft palate. Such a deformity is treated easily with a good medical team. ...Read more

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How bad is cleft lip?

Easily treatable: Cleft lip is a birth defect in which the upper lip has an opening that may or may not communicate with the nose. It is usually treated by 3 months at age with remarkably good results. ...Read more

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Is it painful to have a cleft lip?

No: Cleft lip is not painful. It is normal for that baby! sometimes the lip edges get a bit dried out, and the gums also, but this doesn't cause pain. ...Read more

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What does possible cleft lip look like?

Cleft lip: Google the word "cleft lip" and then hit the "image" button at the top for photos. ...Read more

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What causes children to get a cleft lip or plate?

What causes children to get a cleft lip or plate?

Different causes: Some cases of cleft lip and palate may be hereditary. Other cases may be spontaneous without any family history. If there is a history of cleft lip or palate in your family then you may want to consult with a genetic counsellor. ...Read more

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How can I get help to pay for child with cleft lip?

Operation Smile Info: Our U.S. Care network referral service is available to families in the United States, so they may find the help they need for their children. For an operation smile representative who can provide guidance, call 888-677-6453 or 757-321-7645. ...Read more

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Would my baby have a cleft lip/pallet if i had one?

Would my baby have a cleft lip/pallet if i had one?

10%: If you have a cleft palate, there is a 14% chance that your baby will have one. However, if you have a syndrome in which there is a cleft palate the incidence may increase. ...Read more

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What kinds of problems can my baby with a cleft lip have?

What kinds of problems can my baby with a cleft lip have?

No physical problems: Most infants with cleft lip only (the palate, or roof of the mouth is properly formed)have no physical problems. They can usually breast nurse, if mother wishes, or use a wide variety of stnadard commercial bottles and nipples. However, about 15% of cleft lip onlu children will ahve speech and/or hearing probles. Therefore they are followed by the cleft lip/palate team until 3-4 years of age. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any syndromes associated with cleft lip/pallet ?

Few and Many: Isolated cleft lip is rarely associated with a syndrome. However there are over 250 syndromes associated with cleft palate. ...Read more

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Supposing someone has a cleft lip. What are the chances their child will have one too?

Depends: If there is an isolate cleft lip without palate - between 4-10%. If there is a palate associated, risks increase from 10-50% depending if the is a syndrome associated. ...Read more

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Cleft Palate (Definition)

Also called palatoschisis, it is a congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend ...Read more


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Cleft Lip (Definition)

A lip that ...Read more