frenulum

noun
fren·u·lum | \ˈfren-yə-ləm \
plural frenula\ˈfren-yə-lə \

Definition of frenulum 

1 : a connecting fold of membrane serving to support or restrain a part (such as the tongue)

2 : a bristle or group of bristles on the front edge of the posterior wings of some lepidoptera that unites the wings by interlocking with a catch on the posterior part of the forewings

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His frenulum — the ridge of tissue attaching the gums to the flesh of the lips and chin — was torn. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "No 'child is safe' in man's presence, prosecutor says. The judge lowered his bond. | Charlotte Observer," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of frenulum

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frenulum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin frenum

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frenulum

noun
fren·u·lum | \ˈfren-yə-ləm \
plural frenula\-lə \

Medical Definition of frenulum 

: a connecting fold of membrane serving to support or restrain a part (as the tongue)

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