uvula


uvu·la

noun \ˈyü-vyə-lə\

medical : a small, soft piece of flesh that hangs down from the back part of the roof of your mouth

plural uvu·las or uvu·lae\-ˌlē, -ˌlī\

Full Definition of UVULA

:  the pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate

Origin of UVULA

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin uva cluster of grapes, uvula; probably akin to Greek oa service tree, Old English īw yew — more at yew
First Known Use: 14th century

uvu·la

noun \ˈyü-vyə-lə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural uvu·las \-ləz\ or uvu·lae \-ˌlē\

Medical Definition of UVULA

1
: the pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate
2
: a lobe of the inferior vermis of the cerebellum located in front of the pyramid
uvu·lar \-lər\ adjective

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