fimbria

[fim-bree-uh]
noun, plural fimbriae [fim-bree-ee] .
Often, fimbriae. Botany, Zoology. a fringe or fringed border.

Origin:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin; Latin fimbriae (plural) border, fringe

fimbrial, adjective
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fimbria (ˈfɪmbrɪə)
 
n , pl -briae
anatomy a fringe or fringelike margin or border, esp at the opening of the Fallopian tubes
 
[C18: from Late Latin, from Latin fimbriae threads, shreds]
 
'fimbrial
 
adj

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fimbria fim·bri·a (fĭm'brē-ə)
n. pl. fim·bri·ae (-brē-ē')

  1. A fringelike anatomical part or structure.

  2. See pilus.


fim'bri·al adj.
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Example sentences for fimbriae
Fimbriae are used by bacteria to adhere to one another and to adhere to animal cells.
Fimbriae are only visible with the use of an electron microscope.
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