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Other Terms: Uvulae, Musculus uvulae, Muscle uvulaire
Latin muscle parts
Branchial arch muscle – fourth arch (Muscle of soft palate and fauces)
The English name for this muscle is the little grape muscle. The word uvulae comes from the Latin uva meaning “grape” and the diminutive ending ula meaning “little.” Early anatomists thought that this looked like a little grape dangling off the back of the soft palate.
Posterior spine of the palatine bone and dorsal surface of the palatine aponeurosis
Tunica mucosa of the uvula
Elevates and shortens the uvula to assist with closure of the nasopharynx.
Vagus nerve (Cranial nerve X)
The ascending palatine artery, which is one of the cervical branches of the facial artery and the greater palatine artery, a terminal branch of the descending palatine artery from the third part of the maxillary artery.