noun (plural uvulae /-ˌlē/ /-ˌlī/ or uvulas)(also palatine uvula) Anatomy
1A fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate that hangs above the throat.
- The patient's tongue, soft palate, and uvula were burned.
- The surgery, in which the uvula and soft palate are resectioned, requires a two-day hospital stay and two weeks of recovery time.
- In some people, the tongue and the uvula at the back of the throat block airflow to the lungs during sleep.
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