Human Anatomy and Physiology

Why do you have an uvula?

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September 19, 2014 5:03PM

The fact is that there isn't any general consensus on the

purpose of the uvula, that little flap of skin visible at the back

of your mouth. Many physicians believe the uvula is a vestigial

anatomic structure without a significant function, while others

believe that it has a role in speech and swallowing in that it

helps in sealing off of the nasopharynx during those


The uvula is involved in snoring and in fact, the uvula is often

surgically removed in treatments for snoring and sleep apnea. The

surgery is quite often effective.

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