frenum

[free-nuhm]
noun, plural frena [free-nuh] . Anatomy, Zoology.
a fold of membrane that checks or restrains the motion of a part, as the fold on the underside of the tongue.
Also, fraenum.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin; Latin frēnum bridle

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fraenum or frenum (ˈfriːnəm)
 
n , pl -na
a fold of membrane or skin, such as the fold beneath the tongue, that supports an organ
 
[C18: from Latin: bridle]
 
frenum or frenum (ˈfriːnəm, -nə)
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin: bridle]

frenum (ˈfriːnəm)
 
n , pl -na
a variant spelling (esp US) of fraenum

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frenum fre·num (frē'nəm)
n. pl. fre·nums or fre·na (-nə)

  1. A membranous fold of skin or mucous membrane that supports or restricts the movement of a part or organ, such as the small band of tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth.

  2. An anatomical structure resembling such a fold.

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Individuals have a broad frenum on the upper lip and a small pointed head.
The premaxillary frenum is absent or poorly developed.
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