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Musculus uvulae

Other Terms: Uvulae, Musculus uvulae, Muscle uvulaire

Muscle parts

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Latin name

Musculus uvulae

Latin muscle parts

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Group

Branchial arch muscle – fourth arch (Muscle of soft palate and fauces)

Etymology

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.

Origin

Posterior spine of the palatine bone and dorsal surface of the palatine aponeurosis

Insertion

Tunica mucosa of the uvula

Action

Elevates and shortens the uvula to assist with closure of the nasopharynx.

Nerve supply

Vagus nerve (Cranial nerve X)

Blood supply

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.

Latin

Musculus uvulae

French

Muscle uvulaire

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