• bifid uvula
  • The bifid uvula results from incomplete fusion of the palatine shelves but it is considered only a slight form of clefting. (wikipedia.org)
  • Bifid uvula occurs in about 2% of the general population, although some populations may have a high incidence, such as Native Americans who have a 10% rate. (wikipedia.org)
  • Bifid uvula is a common symptom of the rare genetic syndrome Loeys-Dietz syndrome, which is associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm. (wikipedia.org)
  • hangs
  • In phonetics and phonology, a uvular stop is a type of consonantal sound, made with the back of the tongue in contact the uvula, which hangs down in front of the throat (hence uvular), held tightly enough to block the passage of air (hence a stop consonant). (wikipedia.org)
  • back
  • In a small number of people, the uvula does not close properly against the back of the throat, causing a condition known as velopharyngeal insufficiency or VPI. (wikipedia.org)
  • Due to the action of coughing preventing the uvula from blocking the nasopharynx, liquid may be expelled back through the nose. (wikipedia.org)
  • present
  • Due to the large amount of saliva produced from glands in the uvula that are not present in other mammals it has been suggested that the uvula is an accessory speech organ. (wikipedia.org)