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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.
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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
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(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.
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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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in the same manner (33) showed there is no relation between the incident or symptoms severity and the site of infection and expression of fimbria in E.
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Number of isolates (%) Pathovars (virulence Non-diarrheic Diarrheic Total factors) HYBRID (eae, sta) 0 (0) 1 (2.7) 1 (2.7) NTEC (cnf1) 3 (8.1) 3 (8.1) 6 (16.2) HYBRID (eaeandcnf1) 1 (2.7) 0 (0) 1 (2.7) Atypical EPEC (eae) 9 (24.3) 13 (35.1) 22 (59.4) Typical EPEC (eae, bfp) 1 (2.7) 0 (0) 1 (2.7) 987P fimbria 1 (2.7) 1 (2.7) 2 (5.4) F18 fimbria 0 (0) 2 (5.4) 2 (5.4) STEC (Stx2e) 0 (0) 1 (2.7) 1 (2.7) STEC (Stx2) 1 (2.7) 0 (0) 1 (2.7) Table 2--Distribution of phylogenetic groups and virulence factor genes of Escherichia coli obtained from the feces of dogs (n = 37).
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The EFI was developed initially to predict the non-IVF PR and the adoption of IVF largely circumvents the tube and fimbria, which are components of the least function score.
If the methylene blue dye could pass through the distal end of fimbria at least one side, it represented tubal patency (Positive test].