- 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
- a variant spelling (esp US) of fraenum
- a fold of membrane or skin, such as the fold beneath the tongue, that supports an organ
Word Origin for fraenum
C18: from Latin: bridle
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- 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.
- An anatomical structure resembling such a fold.
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