Definition of uvula in English:



  • 1A fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate which hangs above the throat.

    • ‘The tissues at the back of the throat may be bulky or the uvula be too long.’
    • ‘The surgery, in which the uvula and soft palate are resectioned, requires a two-day hospital stay and two weeks of recovery time.’
    • ‘In some people, the tongue and the uvula at the back of the throat block airflow to the lungs during sleep.’
    • ‘The patient's tongue, soft palate, and uvula were burned.’
    • ‘A laser device is used to remove the uvula and part of the soft palate.’
    1. 1.1A fleshy hanging structure in an 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.