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Uvula - Definition


Located at the back of the mouth, the uvula is a membranous tissue that measures between 10 and 15 millimeters in length. Due to the muscle of which it is composed, the uvula has the ability to contract, which plays a vital role during the swallowing of food and saliva. The uvula also influences the quantity of oxygen that passes into the pharynx and which permits sound emission. When the uvula is inflamed, it is known as uvulitis. A uvula that is too long may cause abnormal and unexpected snoring sounds. In certain cases, a surgical intervention may be undertaken.