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 [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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

fren·u·lum of la·bi·a mi·no·ra

the fold connecting the two labia minora posteriorly.
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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.
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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]
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The small fold of skin joining the back ends of the LABIA MINORA. The fourchette is often torn during childbirth.
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Contrastingly, previously studies showed that increased relative loads under the medial forefoot (+7.2-9.5%), pointing a greater foot pronation, is a common fatigue occurrence associated with the completion of high-intensity runs above the anaerobic threshold for -10-30 (Fourchet et al., 2015; Garcia-Perez et al., 2013; Weist et al., 2004).
Finally, a careful control of extrinsic factors (i.e., ground, shoes) (Carl et al., 2014; Ford et al., 2006) during training involving long (> 20 m) sprints, as well as recommendations for orthotic use and foot musculature strengthening exercises (Fourchet et al., 2011) may help reduce excessive foot overload and risk of overuse injuries such as fifth metatarsal stress or acute fractures commonly reported in professional football (Orendurff et al., 2009; Oztekin et al., 2009).
Fourchet, F., Kelly, K., Horobeanu, C., Loepelt, H., Taiar, R.
Fourchet, F., Kuitunen, S., Girard, O., Beard, A.J.
Fourchet, F., Millet, G.P., Tomazin, K., Guex, K., Nosaka, K., Edouard, P., Degache, F.
Recent results also showed that neuromuscular electromyostimulation reinforcement (NMES) of MLA muscles may decrease the navicular drop (Fourchet et al., 2009) and induced a lateral displacement of anterior maximal pressure point of the stimulated foot (e.g.
The present results also confirmed the findings mentioned in two recent studies and reporting respectively a significant decrease of the navicular drop (Fourchet et al., 2009) and a lateral displacement of anterior maximal pressure point of the stimulated foot (e.g.
for reducing the effects of overpronation characterized by a flattening of the MLA and a hyper mobile midfoot (Cote et al., 2005; Fourchet et al., 2009).