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frenulum[fren´u-lum] (pl. fren´ula) (L.)
a small fold of integument or mucous membrane that limits the movements of an organ or part.
frenulum of clitoris a fold formed by union of the labia minora on the undersurface of the clitoris.
frenulum of ileocecal valve a fold formed by the joined extremities of the ileocecal valve, partially encircling the lumen of the colon.
frenulum labio´rum puden´di fourchette.
frenulum lin´guae frenulum of tongue.
frenulum of lip a median fold of mucous membrane connecting the inside of each lip to the corresponding gum.
frenulum of prepuce of penis a fold under the penis connecting it with the prepuce.
frenulum of pudendal labia the posterior junction of the labia minora; called also fourchette.
frenulum of superior medullary velum a band lying in the superior medullary velum at its attachment to the inferior colliculi.
frenulum of tongue the vertical fold of mucous membrane under the tongue, attaching it to the floor of the mouth; called also frenulum linguae.
fren·u·lum of la·bi·a mi·no·ra[TA]
the fold connecting the two labia minora posteriorly.
fourchette/four·chette/ (fldbomacr-shet´) [Fr.] frenulum of pudendal labia.
1. Anatomy A small band or fold of mucous membrane forming the posterior margin of the vulva and connecting the posterior ends of the labia majora.
2. Zoology See furcula.
Etymology: Fr, fork
a tense band of mucous membranes at the posterior angle of the vagina that connects the posterior ends of the labia minora.
The tense band of mucous membrane connection formed by the dorsal ends of the labia minora. It is often damaged in childbirth.
[Fr. dim. of fourché, fr. L. furca, fork]