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tongue-tied

1. Having the mobility of one's tongue restricted by an abnormally short frenum that binds it to the floor of the mouth. We couldn't figure out why our baby was having such trouble breastfeeding, until a specialist finally realized that he was mildly tongue-tied. Your son is severely tongue-tied, a condition that could impact his ability to speak properly if it is not treated soon enough.
2. Incapable of or having difficulty speaking, as due to fear, confusion, shyness, embarrassment, etc. I had a great pitch ready for the board of directors, but I found myself totally tongue-tied when I stepped into the room in front of them. The poor child gets awfully tongue-tied whenever she is confronted by an adult. The shocking event left everyone in the room tongue-tied.
3. Having trouble saying words clearly due to difficult alliteration or pronunciation, as found in tongue twisters. The doctor said the condition is called aceruloplasminemia. Just trying to say it out loud leaves me tongue-tied! In the game, you see who can say the silly rhyming phrase the fastest without getting tongue-tied.

tongue-tied

1. mod. unable to speak from fear or confusion. (Standard English.) Why do you get tongue-tied in front of a crowd?
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was tongue-tied and couldn’t stand up.
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"We don't have a crystal ball that can tell us which infants might benefit most from the tongue-tie or upper lip release," Hartnick said in the news release.
Randomized, controlled trial of division of tongue-tie in infants with feeding problems.
Tongue-tie and breastfeeding: a review of the literature.
Murphy suspects tongue-tie, he said he lays the baby on its back on an examining table with the shoulders slightly elevated on a blanket.
If a mother has attained a good latch, yet is still experiencing pain and/or the infant fails to sustain the latch, or the mother experiences gumming, chewing or chaffing of her nipple, lip tie and tongue-tie assessment are indicated.
"I come across adults all the time and can tell they have a tongue-tie as they cannot stick their tongue out or move it around their mouth properly." said Mrs Scott.
However, if the clinician deems surgical intervention necessary based on a clear association between significant tongue-tie and major breastfeeding problems, then frenotomy should be performed by a clinician experienced in the procedure and with appropriate analgesia.
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has worked with a parent group to develop a new tongue-tie division service for local parents across Warwickshire.
The manner the baby moves his tongue up and down during suckling is also altered by the tongue-tie (Geddes et al, 2008a).
Decades ago, it was routine for midwives to cut the tongue with a nail if they noticed it was tied after birth, but stricter health and safety rules stopped that practice, even though as many as one in ten babies may be born with tongue-tie.
HORSES will from today no longer be allowed to run in a tongue-tie in Germany after the practice was banned as a result of animal welfare concerns.
A greater emphasis on exclusive breastfeeding in recent years has reignited the historical debate over the role of ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) in infants with breastfeeding difficulties.
No match for subsequent Group 3 winner The Pentagon on his most recent appearance at the Curragh where he was beaten eight and a half lengths in second, the son of Lope De Vega is fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time.