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n. pl. fim·bri·ae (-brē-ē′)
1. A fringelike part or structure, as at the opening of the fallopian tubes.
2. A bacterial pilus.

[Late Latin fimbria, fringe, back-formation from Latin fimbriae, threads, fringe.]

fim′bri·al adj.


n, pl -briae (-brɪˌiː)
(Anatomy) 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]
ˈfimbrial adj


(ˈfɪm bri ə)

n., pl. -bri•ae (-briˌi)
Biol. a fringe or fringed border, as around a petal, orifice, or duct.
[1745–55; < New Latin; Latin fimbriae (pl.) border, fringe]
fim′bri•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fimbria - thin projections forming a fringe (especially around the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube)
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
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Characterization of F107 fimbriae of Escherichia coli 107/86, which causes oedema disease in pigs, and nucleotide sequence of F107 major fimbrial subunit gene, fedA.
1996) found that a 74-kDa glycoprotein (GP74) purified from pig intestinal membranes was specifically detected in vitro by F4ab fimbriae, while F4ac and F4ad fimbriae did not bind to GP74.
However, the plasmid-encoding aggregative adhesion fimbriae cluster is present.
coli and many other bacteria are covered with motile, tendril-like structures called fimbriae.