What is the function of the uvula in the human body?
The Uvula helps with the gag reflex
It is called your Uvula (or palatine uvula) and is connective tissue. It has no real function although some believe it helps with articulation of sound. The uvula is a muscle (muscularis uvulae) covered by mucosa. The uvula serves the function of closing the nasopharynx while swallowing so that food and liquid does not go into your nose when swallowing. However, most people do not need the entire uvula to perform this function. It is…
The function of the Uvula is to start the gagging reflex in the event of an emergency (i.e chocking or other airway obstruction) and also help fight infection. Of course your tonsils also help but many people have tonsillectomies (surgical removal of the tonsils). The uvula closes the nasal pharynx when food is swallowed.
Uvula and epiglottis are often mistaken for the same protrusion found in the back of the throat - the uvula. The uvula hangs from the soft palate and is visible when we open our mouth. However, epiglottis refers to a different part. This flap is located lower, and serve as the covering of the glottis.
Nothing. The uvula plays a small role, along with the soft palate, in swallowing but the soft palate can perform its function sans uvula. That person could have been born without a uvula or had it removed. Generally if the uvula doesn't form and a person is born without it, they might also have a soft cleft palate.