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pharyngeal flap

 

Definition: a flap of mucosa and muscle raised from the posterior wall of the pharynx and attached to the soft palate, used to obturate the velopharyngeal passage and thereby correct nasal air escape during speech; for patients with velopharyngeal insufficiency, usually after repair of cleft palate.

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