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cleft

n 1  :  a usu. abnormal fissure or opening esp. when resulting from failure of parts to fuse during embryonic development  2  :  a usu. V-shaped indented formation  :  a hollow between ridges or protuberances <the anal of the human body>   3  :  the hollow space between the two branches of the frog or the frog and bars or between the bulbs of the heel of a horse's hoof  4  :  a crack on the bend of the pastern of a horse  5  :  a division of the cleft foot of an animal  6  :  SYNAPTIC CLEFT .
 
 
 
Similar sounding terms:  cla·vate  claw foot 

 
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