One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a fringe or border of hair-like or finger-like projections.
- ‘We wondered whether fimbriated strains have a different adherence from related nonfimbriated strains.’
- ‘The most common hymenal configurations are crescentic, annular, cuff-like, septate and fimbriated.’
- ‘Quite often, the tube has from one to three fringed accessory openings that may lie close to the fimbriated end or at some distance along the tube.’
- ‘Pyelonephritis is most often caused by P fimbriated E. coli.’
Having a narrow border, typically of a specified tincture.
Late 15th century (in fimbriated (sense 2)): from Latin fimbriatus (from fimbria ‘fringe’) + -ed.
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