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Other Terms: Uvula of palate, Uvula palatina, Uvule palatine
The mucous membrane covered muscular flap that projects posteriorly and inferiorly from the posterior margin of the soft palate. Contained within this flap are the musculus uvulae. It functions in sealing off the nasopharynx during the swallowing reflex.
Uvula The uvula is the tear-shaped tissue that hangs from the soft palate of the mouth.