frenulum of the tongue


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Related to frenulum of the tongue: Frenulum linguae, Frenulum linguæ

frenulum of the tongue

Etymology: L, frenum, bridle; AS, tunge
a longitudinal fold of mucous membrane connecting the floor of the mouth to the underside of the tongue in midline. A congenital defect causes an abnormal shortness of the frenulum, causing tongue-tie, which can be surgically corrected. Also called frenulum linguae, lingual frenum.
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Frenulum of tongue

frenulum of the tongue

A thin fold of mucosa in the middle of the floor of the mouth that runs from the gums behind the lower central incisors to the middle of the underside of the tongue. It divides the space between the tongue in half and can easily be seen when the tongue is raised. At birth this fold of mucosa may be tight, a condition called tongue-tie. Synonym: frenulum linguae
See also: frenulum