- 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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Examples from the Web for frenum
Connected with this organ is a small tough membrane or ligament called the frenum which corresponds to the frenulum of the male.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction
T. W. Shannon
Another co-existing condition with phimosis, very often found, is a shortening of the frenum.
At the age of twenty-two he married, and he then ruptured the frenum, which bled profusely and left him sore for some days.
This inferior incision or section, alongside of the frenum was first advised by Celsus.
It is of slow growth, and forms an elongated swelling on each side of the frenum, covering the teeth, and projecting the lip.
- a variant spelling (esp US) of fraenum
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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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