uvu·​la | \ ˈyü-vyə-lə How to pronounce uvula (audio) \
plural uvulas or uvulae\ ˈyü-​vyə-​ˌlē How to pronounce uvula (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of uvula

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

Examples of uvula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flap is similar to a uvula in humans, which is pushed back when swallowing to prevent food or fluids from ending up in the space behind the nose. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2022 As an adult content creator who launched her own OnlyFans-esque platform, Unfiltrd, Matto receives dozens of requests for custom content per day, ranging from photos of her uvula to vials of her own poop. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 8 Jan. 2022 More serious symptoms include swelling of the lips, tongue and uvula (that thing that hangs down in the back of the throat). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 21 June 2021 Caleb had a floppy larynx and Sarah had a congested uvula that could have obstructed their airways. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 His uvula, which hangs above the throat, was swollen and obstructing his breathing. Betty Lin-fisher, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2020 Jahi’s case, which drew national attention and launched a debate over how to define death, began in December 2013 when the 13-year-old underwent a routine surgery to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, 29 June 2018 Jahi went into cardiac arrest while recovering from surgery to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula along with bony structures from her nose and throat and palate tissue. CBS News, 6 Jan. 2014 Elizabeth can look out at two cherry trees from her home on Gibson Island, a charming little uvula of land that hangs down into the western side of the Chesapeake Bay, not far from the Bay Bridge. John Kelly, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of uvula

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Uvula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uvula. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for uvula


uvu·​la | \ ˈyü-vyə-lə How to pronounce uvula (audio) \
plural uvulas\ -​ləz How to pronounce uvula (audio) \ or uvulae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce uvula (audio) \

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

Other Words from uvula

uvular \ -​lər How to pronounce uvula (audio) \ adjective

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