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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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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


Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Cleft Lip (Definition)

A lip that ...Read more