Definition of uvula in English:



  • 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 tissues at the back of the throat may be bulky or the uvula be too long.’
    • ‘A laser device is used to remove the uvula and part of the soft palate.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’.