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uvula

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noun uvu·la \ˈyü-vyə-lə\

Simple Definition of uvula

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of uvula

plural

uvulas

or

uvulae

play \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\
  1. :  the pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate

Origin and Etymology 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


Medical Dictionary

uvula

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noun uvu·la \ˈyü-vyə-lə\

Medical Definition of uvula

plural

uvulas

\-ləz\play or

uvulae

\-ˌlē\play
  1. 1:  the pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate

  2. 2:  a lobe of the inferior vermis of the cerebellum located in front of the pyramid

uvular

\-lər\play adjective



Learn More about uvula

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of uvula Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about uvula


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