One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate which hangs above the throat.
- ‘The surgery, in which the uvula and soft palate are resectioned, requires a two-day hospital stay and two weeks of recovery time.’
- ‘The patient's tongue, soft palate, and uvula were burned.’
- ‘In some people, the tongue and the uvula at the back of the throat block airflow to the lungs during sleep.’
- ‘A laser device is used to remove the uvula and part of the soft palate.’
- ‘The tissues at the back of the throat may be bulky or the uvula be too long.’
- 1.1 A fleshy hanging structure in any organ of the body, particularly one at the opening of the bladder.
- ‘The uvula of the bladder may be considered as forming the anterior boundary of the trigone.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin, diminutive of Latin uva ‘grape’.
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