- The roof of the mouth. The front portion is bony (hard palate), and the back portion is muscular (soft palate).
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Palate — Pal ate, n. [L. palatum: cf. F. palais, Of. also palat.] 1. (Anat.) The roof of the mouth. [1913 Webster] Note: The fixed portion, or palate proper, supported by the maxillary and palatine bones, is called the hard palate to distinguish it from… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
palate — [pal′it] n. [ME < L palatum] 1. the roof of the mouth, consisting of a hard, bony forward part (the hard palate) and a soft, fleshy back part (the soft palate, or velum) 2. sense of taste: the palate was incorrectly thought to be the organ of… … English World dictionary
palate — imper. pl. palaukite: Palate palate, bus jum, kai sulauksit žiemos! Al … Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language
Palate — Pal ate, v. t. To perceive by the taste. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
palate — (n.) late 14c., roof of the mouth, from O.Fr. palat, from L. palatum roof of the mouth, perhaps of Etruscan origin. Popularly considered the seat of taste, hence transferred meaning sense of taste (1520s) … Etymology dictionary
palate — *taste, relish, gusto, zest … New Dictionary of Synonyms
palate — ► NOUN 1) the roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the mouth and nose in vertebrates. 2) a person s ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavours. 3) a person s taste or liking. ORIGIN Latin palatum … English terms dictionary
palate — palateless, adj. palatelike, adj. /pal it/, n. 1. Anat. the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. See diag.… … Universalium
Palate — Infobox Anatomy Name = PAGENAME Latin = palatum GraySubject = 242 GrayPage = 1112 Caption = Head and neck. Caption2 = Palate exhibiting torus palatinus. Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = Lymph = MeshName = Palate MeshNumber =… … Wikipedia
Palate — The roof of the mouth. The front portion is bony (hard palate), and the back portion is muscular (soft palate). * * * The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities. SYN: palatum [TA], roof of mouth, uraniscus. [L. palatum, p … Medical dictionary
palate — n. 1) a cleft; perforated palate 2) the hard; soft palate 3) (misc.) to tickle the palate ( to be very tasty ) * * * [ pælɪt] perforated palate soft palate a cleft the hard (misc.) to tickle the palate ( to be very tasty ) … Combinatory dictionary