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uvula (YOO vyuh luh) (s) (noun), uvuli (pl)
1. A small, soft appendage extending down from the middle of the lower edge of the soft palate (part of the roof of the mouth): The uvula is composed of muscle and connective tissue, with a covering of mucous membrane that can be seen dangling down at the back of the tongue.

The uvula is described variously as being shaped like a U, a tear, or a grape. Its name comes from the Latin word meaning "grape"; however, it looks more like a small finger than a grape.

A drawing of the uvula and other parts of the mouth.

A duplicate of an actual photograph of the uvula in the mouth.

A photograph of a person's uvula as shown at the back of his or her mouth just above the tongue.

2. Etymology: from Latin uvula, "a little grape".

Generally, a person's uvula moves upward when he or she says "Ah".

Some people have been known to say that the uvula vibrates during singing or shouting; however, it has nothing to do with the voice.

—Compiled from information located in the
ABC's of The Human Body; The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
Pleasantville, New York; 1987; pages 224-225.
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