palate defined in 1951 yearpalate - palate;
palate - Roof of vertebrate mouth. In mammals and crocodiles roof of mouth is not homologous with that of other vertebrates; a new (false) palate has developed beneath original palate, by bony shelves projecting inwards from bones of upper jaw. The nasal cavity is thus extended and its internal opening (choana) placed right back in the throat. In mammals the bony part of the false palate or hard palate is continued backwards by a fold of mucous membrane and connective tissue, the soft palate.
near palate in Knolik
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