noun (plural fimbriae /-brēˌē/ /-brēˌī/)chiefly Anatomy
1A series of threads or other projections resembling a fringe.
- Bacterial colonization involves multiple factors, including fimbriae or pili, flagella, and surface polysaccharides.
- The researchers will collaborate with scientists at the University of Navarra, in Spain, to determine how Salmonella develop fimbriae as they grow and how they use them to cling to surfaces.
- Shorter pili, usually referred to as fimbriae, are a structurally distinct group of extrusions which operate mostly in bacterial attachment to substrate or to other cells.
1.1 [usually in plural] An individual thread in a fimbria, especially a fingerlike projection at the end of the fallopian tube near the ovary.
- When a follicle is mature, the egg within it bursts out of the ovary, and the fallopian tube's fingerlike fimbria reach out and grab it.
- And until recently investigators could not analyze how such an effect might be operating at the scale of individual fimbriae.
- The accompanying fallopian tube with identified fimbria was free of tumor.
- Example sentences
- Tubal distortion and limitation of fimbrial mobility caused by the associated pelvic adhesions is more likely.
- Laparoscopy showing a normal pelvis with passage of blue dye through the fimbrial end of the left tube
- A new treatment that requires more testing is fimbrial expression, when the fertilised egg is ‘milked’ out of the end of the fallopian tube.
Mid 18th century: from late Latin, literally 'border, fringe'.
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