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noun, plural fim·bri·ae [fim-bree-ee] /ˈfɪm briˌi/.
  1. Often fimbriae. Botany, Zoology. a fringe or fringed border.
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Origin of fimbria

1745–55; < New Latin; Latin fimbriae (plural) border, fringe
Related formsfim·bri·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fimbriae

Historical Examples

  • 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

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British Dictionary definitions for fimbriae


noun plural -briae (-brɪˌiː)
  1. anatomy a fringe or fringelike margin or border, esp at the opening of the Fallopian tubes
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Derived Formsfimbrial, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Late Latin, from Latin fimbriae threads, shreds
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Word Origin and History for fimbriae



Latin, literally "fringe, border, shred."

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fimbriae in Medicine


n. pl. fim•bri•ae (-brē-ē′)
  1. A fringelike anatomical part or structure.
  2. pilus
Related formsfimbri•al adj.