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The palate is the roof of the mouth in humans and vertebrate animals. The palate is divided into two parts, the anterior bony hard palate, and the posterior fleshy soft palate. The name is probably derived from the Latin palatum.

When functioning in conjunction with other parts of the mouch the palate produces certain sounds. It plays a role in a guttural language, together with the throat, tongue, and uvula.

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