uvula

[ yoo-vyuh-luh ]
/ ˈyu vyə lə /

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for uvula

uvula
/ (ˈjuːvjʊlə) /

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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Medical definitions for uvula

uvula
[ yōōvyə-lə ]

n. pl. u•vu•las

A small conical pendent fleshy mass of tissue, especially the uvula palatina.
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Scientific definitions for uvula

uvula
[ yōōvyə-lə ]

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