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[tuhng-tahy] /ˈtʌŋˌtaɪ/
impeded motion of the tongue caused especially by shortness of the frenum, which binds it to the floor of the mouth.
verb (used with object), tongue-tied, tongue-tying.
to make tongue-tied.
Origin of tongue-tie
1545-55; back formation from tongue-tied Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The child was taken to a physician who operated and corrected the tongue-tie.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • A deficient or excessive development of the lingual frenulum may also interfere with the movements of the tongue (tongue-tie).

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
British Dictionary definitions for tongue-tie


a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum
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tongue-tie in Medicine

tongue-tie n.
Restricted mobility of the tongue resulting from abnormal shortness of the frenum. Also called ankyloglossia.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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