• WordNet 3.6
    • n uvula a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Uvula (Anat) The pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate.☞ The term is also applied to a somewhat similar lobe on the under side of the cerebellum and to another on the inner surface of the neck of the bladder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n uvula A small free conical body, projecting downward and backward from the middle of the pendulous margin of the soft palate, composed of the uvular muscles covered by mucous membrane. See cuts under tonsil and mouth.
    • n uvula A prominent section of the inferior vermiform process of the cerebellum, in advance of the pyramid, between the two lateral lobes known as the amygdalæ or tonsils: so called from being likened to the uvula of the palate.
    • n uvula A slight projection of mucous membrane from the bladder into the cystic orifice of the urethra; the uvula vesicæ luette vésicale, or uvula of the bladder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Uvula ū′vū-la the fleshy conical body suspended from the palate over the back part of the tongue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., dim of L. uva, a grape, the uvula
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. uva, a bunch of grapes.


In literature:

The Ephemerides and Salmuth describe uvulae so defective as to be hardly noticeable.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The uvula, like a sackbut.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
The uvula, like a sackbut.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
In the middle of this arch there hangs from its free edge a little lobe called the uvula.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
These are remedies used to stimulate chronic sore throats, or a relaxed state of the swallow, or uvula.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
The head-voice is produced by lowering the larynx, and at the same time raising the uvula.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
UVULA, office of, 11.
"Resonance in Singing and Speaking" by Thomas Fillebrown
I was once taught to raise it until the uvula disappeared.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
Both the tonsils and the uvula may become so enlarged as to be a source of awkwardness or more serious evil to the voice-user.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills

In news:

However, oral piercings , which involve the tongue (the most common site), lips, cheeks, uvula or a combination of sites, have been implicated in a number of adverse oral and systemic conditions.
When you sneeze , your uvula and the soft part of the back of your throat automatically block your mouth, and all that air is funneled through small nasal passages.