Muscle of the uvula

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The muscle of the uvula or musculus uvulae is one of the 5 paired muscles of the soft palate.

Summary

  • 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

Etymology

Uvula is latin for 'little grape'.

Head and neck anatomy
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Article information

rID: 53167
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • musculus uvulae
  • uvula

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