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The nasal quality heard in speech when an abnormal proportion of the airflow passes through the nasal cavity; as may happen in a cleft palate (roof of the mouth), following palatal paralysis, or as a result of surgery.

The palate is the roof of the mouth with the front portion being bony ("hard palate") and the back portion is muscular ("soft palate").

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