• soft palate
  • The lower jaw is abnormally small (micrognathia), the tongue is displaced downwards (glossoptosis), and there is an abnormal opening in the roof of the mouth (cleft soft palate). (dmoztools.net)
  • Often there is an associated cleft of the soft palate resulting from the posteriorly displaced tongue interfering with normal palate development in utero. (jakobmp.com)
  • The palatine uvula, usually referred to as simply the uvula /ˈjuːvjʊlə/, is a conic projection from the posterior edge of the middle of the soft palate, composed of connective tissue containing a number of racemose glands, and some muscular fibers (musculus uvulae). (wikipedia.org)
  • This changes the contour of the posterior part of the soft palate. (wikipedia.org)
  • This change in contour allows the soft palate to adapt closely to the posterior pharyngeal wall to help close the nasopharynx during swallowing. (wikipedia.org)
  • While swallowing, the soft palate is pushed backwards, preventing food and drink from entering the nasal cavity. (wikipedia.org)
  • If the soft palate cannot touch the back of the throat while swallowing, food and drink can enter the nasal cavity. (wikipedia.org)
  • During swallowing, the soft palate and the uvula move together to close off the nasopharynx, and prevent food from entering the nasal cavity. (wikipedia.org)