Definition of uvula in English:


Line breaks: uvula
Pronunciation: /ˈjuːvjʊlə

noun (plural uvulae /-liː/ or uvulas)

  • 1 (also palatine uvula) A fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate which hangs above the throat.
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    • 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 an organ of the body, particularly one at the opening of the bladder.
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    • 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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