[ fim-bree-uh ]
/ ˈfɪm bri ə /
noun, plural fim·bri·ae [fim-bree-ee] /ˈfɪm briˌi/.
Often fimbriae. Botany, Zoology. a fringe or fringed border.
Origin of fimbria
1745–55; < New Latin; Latin fimbriae (plural) border, fringe
Related formsfim·bri·al, adjective
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One of the fimbriae, the Fimbria Ovarica, is longer than the others, and it forms a shallow gutter which extends to the ovary.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation|Austin O'Malley
British Dictionary definitions for fimbriae
/ (ˈfɪmbrɪə) /
noun plural -briae (-brɪˌiː)
anatomy a fringe or fringelike margin or border, esp at the opening of the Fallopian tubes
Derived Formsfimbrial, adjective
Word Origin for fimbria
C18: from Late Latin, from Latin fimbriae threads, shreds
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Word Origin and History for fimbriae
Latin, literally "fringe, border, shred."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for fimbriae
[ fĭm′brē-ə ]
n. pl. fim•bri•ae (-brē-ē′)
A fringelike anatomical part or structure.
Related formsfim′bri•al adj.
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