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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Uvula \U"vu*la\, n. [NL., dim of L. uva a grape, the uvula.] (Anat.) The pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate.

Note: The term is also applied to a somewhat similar lobe on the under side of the cerebellum and to another on the inner surface of the neck of the bladder.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Late Latin uvula, from Latin uvola "small bunch of grapes," diminutive of uva "grape," from PIE root *og- "fruit, berry." So called from fancied resemblance of the organ to small grapes. Related: Uvular.


n. (context anatomy English) The fleshy appendage that hangs from the back of the palate, that closes the nasopharynx during swallowing.

  1. n. a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate

  2. [also: uvulae (pl)]

Uvula (disambiguation)

The palatine uvula is a fleshy lobe hanging from the back of the mouth.

The uvula may also refer to:

  • Uvula of cerebellum
  • Uvula of urinary bladder

Usage examples of "uvula".

Usually the disease is located in the upper part of the pharynx, or throat, behind and above the uvula and soft palate, and is thus hidden from view when looking into the throat through the mouth.

It seemed like familiar territory to her now, the furry tongue, the tonsillar pillars, the uvula hanging down in a quivering flap of pink flesh.

With the left hand then insert an instrument, a stilus, by which the uvula is pulled forward, and then remove the end of it by means of a heated knife or some other process of cauterization.

From such trifles as uvulas and tonsils they went on to ovaries and appendices until at last no one's inside was safe.