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/ˈfimbrēə/ Noun, pl. fimbriae or fimbriæ 1. Any anatomical structure in the form of a fringe, but especially that around the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube. ( An individual thread in such a structure, esp. a fingerlike projection at the end of the Fallopian tube near the ovary. (Google Dictionary) 2. (Bacteriology) a. A proteinaceous appendage in many gram-negative bacteria that is thinner and shorter than a flagellum. ( b. A short, filamentous projection on a bacterial cell, used not for motility but for adhering to other bacterial cell (especially for mating) or to animal cells. ( 3. (Neuroanatomy) A prominent band of white matter along the medial edge of the hippocampus in the brain. ( 4. (Female reproductive system) A fringe of tissue near the ovary leading to the fallopian tube. ( 5. (Entomology) A fringe of setae, usually along the margin of a segment. ( 6. (Zoology) A genus of clams. ( Word origin: A Latin word that literally means...

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