ankyloglossia

noun

an·​ky·​lo·​glos·​sia ˌaŋ-kə-(ˌ)lō-ˈglä-sē-ə, -ˈglȯ- How to pronounce ankyloglossia (audio)
: limited normal movement of the tongue chiefly due to an abnormally shortened frenulum : tongue-tie
Technically known as ankyloglossia, it is a usually minor birth defect in which a flap of tissue under the tongue, called the frenum or frenulum, is too short or absent.C. Claiborne Ray, The New York Times

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“Ankyloglossia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ankyloglossia. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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