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Medical Term:

hard palate


  1. the anterior part of the palate, consisting of the bony palate covered above by the mucous membrane of the floor of the nasal cavity and below by the mucoperiosteum of the roof of the mouth, which contains the palatine vessels, nerves, and mucous glands;
  2. in cephalometrics, a line connecting the anterior and posterior nasal spines to represent the position of the bony palate.

Synonym(s): palatum durumTA

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