display | more...

Aside from the definitions Webster1913 gives, a fimbria is also a short hair-like structure on a bacterium, used, en masse, for attaching to a surface or in forming pellicles. They are not used for locomotion.

It is also a small projection at the ends of the fallopian tubes, used to collect ova released from the ovaries into the tubes. (There are many, many fimbriae on the tubes).

Pronounced fim-bree-a or fim-bree-uh. From Latin, meaning threads or fringe.

Fim"bri*a (?), n.; pl. Fimbriae (#). [L., fringe. See Fringle.] Anat. (a) pl.

A fringe, or fringed border.


A band of white matter bordering the hippocampus in the brain.

-- Fim"bri*al (#), a.


© Webster 1913.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.