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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


Overview

A frenulum (or frenum, plural: frenula or frena, from the Latin frēnulum, "little bridle", the diminutive of frēnum ) is a small fold of tissue that secures or restricts the motion of a mobile organ in the body. A short frenulum may require a frenectomy or frenuloplasty to achieve normal mobility.

Frenula on the human body include several in the mouth, some in the digestive tract, and some connected to the external genitalia:

The word frenulum also refers to a bristle present at the root of the hindwing of most moths which engages with a small hook on the forewing to join the wings together.


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