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noun, plural u·vu·las, u·vu·lae [yoo-vyuh-lee] /ˈyu vyəˈli/. Anatomy.
  1. the small, fleshy, conical body projecting downward from the middle of the soft palate.
  2. a similar structure in any organ of the body, especially one at the opening of the bladder.
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Origin of uvula

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin ūvula, equivalent to Latin ūv(a) ‘grape’ + -ula -ule
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noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. a small fleshy finger-like flap of tissue that hangs in the back of the throat and is an extension of the soft palate
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin, literally: a little grape, from Latin ūva a grape
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Word Origin and History for uvula


late 14c., from Late Latin uvula, from Latin uvola "small bunch of grapes," diminutive of uva "grape," which is of unknown origin. So called from fancied resemblance of the organ to small grapes.

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uvula in Medicine


n. pl. u•vu•las
  1. A small conical pendent fleshy mass of tissue, especially the uvula palatina.
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uvula in Science


  1. A small mass of fleshy tissue that hangs from the back of the soft palate.
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