Definition of uvular in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞ovyələr/


1 Phonetics (Of a sound) articulated with the back of the tongue and the uvula, as r in French and q in Arabic.
Example sentences
  • In some Semitic languages the cognate sound is a voiceless uvular stop.
  • It originated as the Phoenician symbol qop, which had the value of a voiceless uvular plosive: a k like sound made well back in the mouth.
  • Modern phoneticians would more precisely categorize such consonants into velar, uvular, pharyngeal, and glottal articulations.
2 Anatomy Relating to the uvula.
Example sentences
  • The authors conclude that patients with obstructive sleep apnea or snoring have structural abnormalities in the boundary between the subepithelium and connective tissue in the uvular mucosa.
  • They reported lymphocyte and plasma cell counts in the uvular mucosa of a control population that were half those of the nonapneic snorers in our study.
  • In the present study, no correlation was found between the presence of immune cells in the uvular mucosa and the AHI.


A uvular consonant.
Example sentences
  • Their proposal presupposes that the members of this set, i.e., laryngeals, pharyngeals, uvulars and velars, should have in common certain physical basis.
  • For uvular stops you should feel your tongue press against the back of your throat, for other uvulars practice the plosives until you have the position down then let up just a little so there's no actual contact.
  • It is triggered before non-alveolar voiced consonants and before uvulars.

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Syllabification: u·vu·lar

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