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  1. cleft(noun)

    a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)

  2. crack, cleft, crevice, fissure, scissure(adj)

    a long narrow opening

  3. cleft, dissected(adj)

    having one or more incisions reaching nearly to the midrib

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  1. cleft(Noun)

    an opening, fissure, or V-shaped indentation made by or as if by splitting

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Cleft

    of Cleave

  2. Cleft

    of Cleave

  3. Cleft

    imp. & p. p. from Cleave

  4. Cleft(adj)

    divided; split; partly divided or split

  5. Cleft(adj)

    incised nearly to the midrib; as, a cleft leaf

  6. Cleft(noun)

    a space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock

  7. Cleft(noun)

    a piece made by splitting; as, a cleft of wood

  8. Cleft(noun)

    a disease in horses; a crack on the band of the pastern


  1. Cleft Palate

    Cleft lip and cleft palate, which can also occur together as cleft lip and palate, are variations of a type of clefting congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. A cleft is a fissure or opening—a gap. It is the non-fusion of the body's natural structures that form before birth. Clefts can also affect other parts of the face, such as the eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, and forehead. In 1976, Paul Tessier described fifteen lines of cleft. Most of these craniofacial clefts are even rarer and are frequently described as Tessier clefts using the numerical locator devised by Tessier. A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery, especially so if conducted soon after birth or in early childhood. Approximately 1 in 700 children born have a cleft lip or a cleft palate or both. Cleft lip and palate resulted in about 3,300 deaths in 2013 down from 7,600 deaths in 1990. In decades past, the condition was sometimes referred to as harelip, based on the similarity to the cleft in the lip of a hare, but that term is now generally considered to be offensive.

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