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ankyloglossia

noun an·ky·lo·glos·sia \ ˌaŋ-kə-(ˌ)lō-ˈglä-sē-ə, -ˈglȯ- \

medical Definition of ankyloglossia

: 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 RayThe New York Times26 Oct. 2004

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