Definition of uvula in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞ovyələ/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A fleshy hanging structure in any organ of the body, particularly one at the opening of the bladder.
Example sentences
  • The uvula of the bladder may be considered as forming the anterior boundary of the trigone.


Late Middle English: from late Latin, diminutive of Latin uva 'grape'.

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Syllabification: u·vu·la

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