from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy A small frenum.
- n. Entomology A bristly structure on the hind wings of certain moths and butterflies that holds the forewings and hind wings together during flight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, same as frenum or frenula.
- n. In lepidopterous insects, a strong, elastic, sometimes double bristle on the upper edge of the secondary wing, near its base. Also spelled frænulum.
The word frenulum can also refer to the muscular connection that can be felt on the underside of the tongue.
There are more nerve endings near the underside called the frenulum where the foreskin is attached and around the head (the corona), and more girth, generally speaking.
In particular, the frenulum is a very erogenous region known as the "sex nerve" in France that is either ablated during circumcision or is extremely underdeveloped on the circumcised penis.
Immediately behind the external urethral orifice it forms a small secondary reduplication, attached along the bottom of a depressed median raphé, which extends from the meatus to the neck; this fold is termed the frenulum of the prepuce.
From the inferior end of the longitudinal sulcus, a white band, termed the frenulum veli, is prolonged downward to the anterior medullary velum; on either side of this band the trochlear nerve emerges, and passes forward on the lateral aspect of the cerebral peduncle to reach the base of the brain.
On either side lateral to the frenulum is a slight fold of the mucous membrane, the plica fimbriata, the free edge of which occasionally exhibits a series of fringe-like processes.
She sucks cool air into her mouth, making him shiver at the sudden temperature differential and then pulls off, just keeping the head inside her mouth, her tongue circling wildly around the frenulum before plunging him back into her mouth as far as she can reach.
Belanger was not wearing a mouthguard and Bergeron's stick - a composite model wrapped in Kevlar to make it more durable - tore a labial frenulum (a muscle attachment) inside his mouth.
He had an abysmal latch and had to have his frenulum clipped but not before my nipples were savaged and bleeding.
Sounds like my similar experience with an equally voracious eater with a tight frenulum and one inverted nipple (me).
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