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uvula

[yoo-vyuh-luh] /ˈyu vyə lə/
noun, plural uvulas, uvulae
[yoo-vyuh-lee] /ˈyu vyəˈli/ (Show IPA).
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
1350-1400
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
  • For instance the above-mentioned surgical removal of the uvula from the soft palate is an extreme cure.
  • The uvula in the back of the throat may be shifted away from the swelling.
British Dictionary definitions for uvula

uvula

/ˈjuːvjʊlə/
noun (pl) -las, -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
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
n.

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

uvula u·vu·la (yōō'vyə-lə)
n. pl. u·vu·las or u·vu·lae (-lē)
A small conical pendent fleshy mass of tissue, especially the uvula palatina.

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uvula in Science
uvula
  (y'vyə-lə)   
A small mass of fleshy tissue that hangs from the back of the soft palate.
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