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Uvula of Palate
Digestive System

Uvula of Palate

Uvula palatina

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Structure/Morphology

The uvula is a portion of the soft palate that projects inferiorly in the midline. It's coated in mucosa and contains small salivary glands that contribute to keeping the mucosa of the soft palate moist. It also contains a muscle called musculus uvulae.

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The uvula moves in a posterosuperior direction during swallowing to close off the nasopharynx.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Gag reflex

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The musculus uvulae are a pair of muscles that originate from the posterior nasal spine and also the palatal aponeurosis.

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