Meaning of frenum in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfriːnəm/


(also fraenum)
another term for frenulum
‘The abnormal fraenum is attached so low on the gum-line that it props apart the two front teeth.’
  • ‘To avoid cutting through the fraenum, it is positioned slightly to one side underneath the tongue.’
  • ‘When any of these frenums are much shorter than normal, they can limit the movement of the tissues they attach to.’
  • ‘Using either a scalpel or a laser, the surgeon will excise the frenum in question.’
  • ‘An exaggerated fraenum in the centre of the inside upper lip may cause an unsightly central gap between the upper incisors.’


Mid 18th century from Latin, literally ‘bridle’.