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  • IPA: /ˈfriːnjələm/

Noun

frenulum (plural: frenula or frenulums)
  1. A small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far.

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Extensive Definition

Frenula redirects here. For the brachiopod genus, see Frenula (brachiopod)
A frenulum (or frenum, plural: frenula or frena, from the Latin frēnulum, "little bridle", the diminutive of frēnum ) is a small fold of tissue that secures or restricts the motion of a mobile organ in the body. A short frenulum may require a frenectomy or frenuloplasty to achieve normal mobility.
Frenula on the human body include several in the mouth, some in the digestive tract, and some connected to the external genitalia:

In entomology

The word frenulum also refers to a bristle present at the root of the hindwing of most moths which engages with a small hook on the forewing to join the wings together.
frenulum in German: Frenulum
frenulum in Italian: Frenulo
frenulum in Latin: Frenulum
frenulum in Dutch: Frenulum
frenulum in Low German: Frenulum
frenulum in Russian: Уздечка (анатомия)
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