What is the difference between uvula and epiglottis?

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In context|anatomy|lang=en terms the difference between uvula and epiglottis

is that uvula is (anatomy) the fleshy appendage that hangs from the back of the palate, that closes the nasopharynx during swallowing while epiglottis is (anatomy) a cartilaginous organ in the throat of terrestrial vertebrates covering the glottis when swallowing to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea, and in homo sapiens also a speech organ.

As nouns the difference between uvula and epiglottis

is that uvula is (anatomy) the fleshy appendage that hangs from the back of the palate, that closes the nasopharynx during swallowing while epiglottis is (anatomy) a cartilaginous organ in the throat of terrestrial vertebrates covering the glottis when swallowing to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea, and in homo sapiens also a speech organ.

uvula

English

(wikipedia uvula)

Noun

  • (anatomy) The fleshy appendage that hangs from the back of the palate, that closes the nasopharynx during swallowing.
  • Usage notes

    * The (second edition, 1989) marks this word as not naturalized in English.

    Synonyms

    * (appendage hanging from the palate) palatine uvula, tonsils, staphyle

    Derived terms

    * uvular * uvulatome, uvulotome * uvulatomy, uvulotomy * uvulitis

    epiglottis

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • (anatomy) A cartilaginous organ in the throat of terrestrial vertebrates covering the glottis when swallowing to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea, and in Homo sapiens also a speech organ.
  • My epiglottis is full of bees!

    Derived terms

    * epiglottal * epiglottic * epiglottitis

    See also

    * * (commonslite)