musculus uvulae


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mus·cle of u·vu·la

[TA]
intrinsic muscle of soft palate; origin, posterior nasal spine; insertion, forms chief bulk of the uvula; action, raises the uvula; nerve supply, pharyngeal plexus.

musculus uvulae

a muscle that elevates and retracts the uvula, thickening the central part of the soft palate and helping the levator veli palatini muscles close the pharyngeal isthmus between the nasopharynx and oropharynx. It originates from the posterior nasal spine on the posterior margin of the hard palate and is innervated by the vagus nerve through the pharyngeal branch to the pharyngeal plexus.

u·vu·lar mus·cle

(ū'vyū-lăr mŭs'ĕl)
Origin, posterior nasal spine; insertion, forms chief bulk of the uvula; action, raises the uvula; nerve supply, pharyngeal plexus.
Synonym(s): musculus uvulae [TA] , muscle of uvula.
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12] Shprintzen et al performed nasopharyngoscopy on 25 patients with a bifid uvula and found that the musculus uvulae was absent in 19.