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The uvula is the small finger-shaped 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
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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