noun, plural u·vu·las, u·vu·lae [yoo-vyuh-lee] /ˈyu vyəˈli/. Anatomy.
the small, fleshy, conical body projecting downward from the middle of the soft palate.
a similar structure in any organ of the body, especially one at the opening of the bladder.
Origin of uvula
1350–1400; Middle English
< Medieval Latin ūvula,
equivalent to Latin ūv(a
) ‘grape’ + -ula -ule
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Examples from the Web for uvula
Historical Examples of uvula
His directions for the removal of the uvula are very definite.
The uvula, the pillars of the palate, and the tonsils are parts of the structure.
The Orang-utan has no uvula as in Man and in the Chimpanzees.
This spreads to other parts, extending in doing so, over the soft palate and uvula, inclosing the latter in a sheath.
It was necessary three weeks afterward to amputate the uvula.
British Dictionary definitions for uvula
noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
a small fleshy finger-like flap of tissue that hangs in the back of the throat and is an extension of the soft palate
Word Origin for uvula
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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n. pl. u•vu•las
A small conical pendent fleshy mass of tissue, especially the uvula palatina.
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A small mass of fleshy tissue that hangs from the back of the soft palate.
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