[ yoo-vyuh-luh ]

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.

Origin of uvula

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin ūvula, equivalent to Latin ūva “grape” + -ula -ule

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British Dictionary definitions for uvula


/ (ˈjuːvjʊlə) /

nounplural -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

Origin of uvula

C14: from Medieval Latin, literally: a little grape, from Latin ūva a grape

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Scientific definitions for uvula


[ yōōvyə-lə ]

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

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