uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

[ yōō′vyə-lō-păl′ə-tō-fə-rĭnggə-plăs′tē ]

n.

A surgical procedure for treating severe obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway at the back of the throat is widened by the removal of excess soft tissue including the uvula, tonsils, and part of the soft palate.

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