- birth defect) in which the flap of mucous membrane under the tongue (known as the frenum) is too short and limits the normal mobility of the tongue. The medical term for this condition is ankyloglossia. The name "tongue tie" reflects the folk belief that the anomaly causes feeding and speech problems. A child cannot feed or speak properly because their tongue is "tied." This belief is popular but unfounded.
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Tongue-tie — n. (Med.) Impeded motion of the tongue because of the shortness of the fr[ae]num, or of the adhesion of its margins to the gums. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
tongue-tie — [tuŋ′tī΄] n. limited motion of the tongue, usually caused by a short frenum and resulting in indistinct articulation vt. tongue tied, tongue tying to make tongue tied … English World dictionary
Tongue-tie — v. t. To deprive of speech or the power of speech, or of distinct articulation. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Tongue-tie — may refer to: *ankyloglossia, a congenital oral deformity *tongue tie (tack), a piece of equipment sometimes used on racehorses … Wikipedia
tongue-tie — tongue′ tie n. v. tied, ty•ing 1) pat impeded motion of the tongue caused esp. by shortness of the frenum, which binds it to the floor of the mouth 2) to make tongue tied • Etymology: 1545–55 … From formal English to slang
tongue-tie — SYN: ankyloglossia. * * * tongue tie n a congenital defect characterized by limited mobility of the tongue due to shortness of its frenulum * * * n. a disorder of young children in which the tongue is anchored in the floor of the mouth more… … Medical dictionary
tongue-tie — /tung tuy /, n., v., tongue tied, tongue tying. n. 1. impeded motion of the tongue caused esp. by shortness of the frenum, which binds it to the floor of the mouth. v.t. 2. to make tongue tied. [1545 55; back formation from TONGUE TIED] * * * ▪… … Universalium
tongue-tie — n. a disorder of young children in which the tongue is anchored in the floor of the mouth more firmly than usual. No treatment is required unless the condition is extreme and associated with forking of the tongue, in which case surgical division… … The new mediacal dictionary
tongue-tie — /ˈtʌŋ taɪ/ (say tung tuy) noun 1. impeded motion of the tongue caused especially by shortness of the fraenum which binds down its underside. –verb (t) (tongue tied, tongue tying) 2. to make tongue tied … Australian English dictionary
tongue-tie — I. transitive verb Etymology: back formation from tongue tied Date: 1555 to deprive of speech or the power of distinct articulation II. noun Date: circa 1852 limited mobility of the tongue due to a short frenulum connecting its underside to the… … New Collegiate Dictionary