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[fim-bree-uh] /ˈfɪm bri ə/
noun, plural fimbriae
[fim-bree-ee] /ˈfɪm briˌi/ (Show IPA)
Often, fimbriae. Botany, Zoology. a fringe or fringed border.
Origin of fimbria
1745-55; < New Latin; Latin fimbriae (plural) border, fringe
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fimbrial, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -briae (-brɪˌiː)
(anatomy) a fringe or fringelike margin or border, esp at the opening of the Fallopian tubes
Derived Forms
fimbrial, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin, from Latin fimbriae threads, shreds
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Latin, literally "fringe, border, shred."

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fimbriae in Medicine

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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