Uvula, in animal economy, denotes a soft glandular body, of a conical figure, that is suspended from the palate, or posterior part of the roof of the mouth, perpendicularly over the chink of the wind-pipe, which lies at the root of the tongue.

The uvula is by Nature designed to modify the current of cold air, previously to its entering the lungs. As the affections, to which this part is exposed, do not essentially differ from those of the Tonsils, we shall conclude with remarking, that a gargle, consisting of a decoction of Peruvian bark, sage, rose-leaves, or other astringents, has generally proved efficacious, in cases where this useful gland is so relaxed or inflamed, as to be attended with a difficulty of swallowing.