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[free-nuh m]
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noun, plural frae·na [free-nuh] /ˈfri nə/.
  1. frenum.


or frae·num

[free-nuh m]
noun, plural fre·na [free-nuh] /ˈfri nə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a fold of membrane that checks or restrains the motion of a part, as the fold on the underside of the tongue.

Origin of frenum

< New Latin; Latin frēnum bridle
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  • Frean, though usually from the Scandinavian name Fraena, is sometimes for Fr.

    The Romance of Names</p>

    Ernest Weekley

British Dictionary definitions for fraena


noun plural -na (-nə)
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of fraenum



noun plural -na (-nə)
  1. a fold of membrane or skin, such as the fold beneath the tongue, that supports an organ

Word Origin

C18: from Latin: bridle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

fraena in Medicine


([object Object])
n. pl. fre•nums
  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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