/free"neuhm/, n., pl. frena /-neuh/. Anat., Zool.
a fold of membrane that checks or restrains the motion of a part, as the fold on the underside of the tongue.
Also, fraenum.
[ < NL; L frenum bridle]

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  • frenum — fre•num [[t]ˈfri nəm[/t]] n. pl. na [[t] nə[/t]] anat. zool. a fold of membrane, as on the underside of the tongue, that checks or restrains motion • Etymology: 1740–50 < NL; L frēnum bridle …   From formal English to slang

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