from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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 that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of frenulum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cheek stripe of color.
  • n. Same as Frænum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, a ligament or fold of membrane which checks or restrains the motion of a part: as, the frenum linguæ, or bridle of the tongue. See below.
  • n. In entomology, a strong membrane or chitinous ridge extending from the scutellum to the base of each anterior wing. It is prominent in the cicadas and some other insects.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin frēnum, bridle, from frendere, to grind.


  • It is added that Constantine declared all the canons of Rome consuls and patricians — “patricios et consules effici” — that he himself held the bridle of the mare on which the new bishop was mounted — “tenentes frenum equi illius.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • My 8 year old son received a knock to the face and his frenum tore.

    Torn Maxillary Frenum in a Child

  • Most of the time a frenum is not the problem in these cases.

    Tongue Tied

  • If a young child has hit his mouth, and there is lots of blood especially on his upper teeth lip area, look and see if it might just be a torn maxillary frenum.

    Torn Maxillary Frenum in a Child

  • However, sometimes we will recommend surgically clipping the frenum to allow more natural movement, especially if it is really tight or in some other way interfering with normal movement.

    Tongue Tied

  • They told us not to worry about it that she would be fine and only had a slightly torn frenum.

    Torn Maxillary Frenum in a Child

  • Now just clipping the frenum will not necessarily correct a speech problem.

    Tongue Tied

  • Infants may have a frenum that concerns a parent who is having nursing problems.

    Tongue Tied

  • If it was a frenum tear, yes those heal, but not back quite so tightly, which is usually a good thing.

    Torn Maxillary Frenum in a Child

  • It will cost over a thousand dollars to extract two teeth and clip her lingual frenum, and I have to pay for almost seven hundred of that.

    Archive 2006-12-01


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