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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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2, 3) Detailed examination of prophylactic specimens in this patient population implicated the tubal fimbriae as the origin of HGSC.
13] Virulence factors like haemolysin production and presence of fimbriae in Escherichia coli may be associated with urovirulence.
The EFI staging system includes historical factors (age, length of infertility, and previous pregnancy) and surgical factors (AFS total score, AFS endometriosis lesions, and the least function score as the anatomical and functional result of the surgery on the reproductive fallopian tubes, fimbriae, and ovaries, bilaterally).
The closer the coil is to the fimbriae, the easier it is to come straight across the tube as you would in a regular salpingectomy without concern of breaking or cutting the coil.
pertussis are the major antigens in ACVs in Japan, and certain ACVs also contain pertactin and fimbriae (1).
The well-characterised example of site-specific DNA inversion mechanism are Escherichia coli type 1 fimbriae and Salmonella typhimurium flagella.
The type 1 fimbriae regulatory protein FimE (RWLH03922), FimF protein precursor (RWLH00227, RWLH01383, RWLH03927), FimG protein precursor (RWLH00226, RWLH03929), FimH protein precursor (RWLH00225, RWLH03930), fimbrin-like protein FimI (RWLH03924), type-1 fimbrial protein A chain precursor (RWLH00230, RWLH03923) and chaperone protein EcpD (RWLH03605, RWLH04198) were identified.
The explorative video-laparoscopic procedure revealed strong adherences of multiple right uterine tube fimbriae at the proximal peritoneal catheter perfusion holes that were not reducible by mechanical traction.
The majority of the protein subunits of the fimbriae are attached to the erythrocytes' integrated sugars, causing hemagglutination in the presence of D-mannose (BLANCO et al.
maitophilia fimbriae 1 (SMF-1), which is composed of fimbrin subunits and shares significant similarity with the N-terminal amino acid sequences of several fimbrial adhesins of pathogenic Escherichia coli strains and the Cup A fimbriae in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Take care during placement of packing material to avoid sweeping the fimbriae of the tube up and out of the surgical field.