Uvula

The uvula is the small finger-like piece of tissue that hangs down from the soft palate in the back of the throat. It can usually be seen when a person opens his or her mouth wide.

Although the exact purpose of the uvula is not known, some experts believe that it helps keep food from going down the breathing passage when a person swallows.

Last Updated: January 29, 2010

Author: Maria Essig

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jan Ulfberg, MD, PhD - Sleep Disorders

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