One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small fold or ridge of tissue which supports or checks the motion of the part to which it is attached, in particular a fold of skin beneath the tongue, or between the lip and the gum.
- ‘Idly running her tongue across the fraenulum, she thinks about work, and how many others in her office of twenty-six people do this.’
- ‘During this operation, the surgeon essentially lengthens the frenulum to allow greater freedom of movement.’
- ‘The frenulum is the piece of tissue connecting the tongue to the bottom.’
- ‘He would not have expected any damage to the frenulum during a competent attempt at intubation of a child.’
- ‘Unexplained injuries to protected parts of the body such as the buttocks, thighs, torso, frenulum, ears and neck are suggestive of child abuse.’
(in some moths and butterflies) a bristle or row of bristles on the edge of the hindwing which keeps it in contact with the forewing.
- ‘In the past, butterflies were distinguished from moths in that they flew during the day, possessed clubbed antennae, were brightly colored, and lacked a frenulum (a wing coupling mechanism found in most moths).’
Early 18th century: modern Latin, diminutive of Latin frenum ‘bridle’.
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