Muscle of the uvula

The muscle of the uvula or musculus uvulae is one of the five paired muscles of the soft palate and forms the bulk of the uvula.


  • origin: posterior border of the hard palate and the posterior nasal spine of the horizontal plate of the palatine bone
  • insertion: palatine aponeurosis and mucosa of the uvula
  • action: alters the shape of the uvula by shortening it
  • innervation: pharyngeal plexus

History and etymology

Uvula is Latin for 'little grape', and is the diminutive form of the Latin word 'uva' meaning grape 4.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

Article information

rID: 53167
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Muscles of the uvula
  • Musculus uvulae

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