from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fringelike part or structure, as at the opening of the fallopian tubes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any anatomical structure in the form of a fringe, but especially that around the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fringe, or fringed border.
- n. A band of white matter bordering the hippocampus in the brain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology and botany, one of the parts or processes which collectively make a fringe; a fringing filament, fibril, or filum.
- n. plural A set of fringing processes; a fringe.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of mollusks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. thin projections forming a fringe (especially around the ovarian end of the Fallopian tube)
In addition, if the scar tissue forms in and around the fingerlike ends of your tube called the fimbria, the tubes may actually seal shut, in which case all chances for natural conception are lost.
I'm particularly amused by the delicately portrayed fimbria on the first cake's Fallopian tubes.
Sipped or swallowed, it went shuddering through its new home and branched out in patterns--- or so it seemed after the second glass--- like the ice-ferns that covered the window panes, but radiating warmth and happiness instead of cold, and carrying a ghostly message of comfort to the uttermost fimbria . . .
The fingerlike ends fimbria of the fallopian tube sweep across the surface of the ovary and propel the egg into the tube after ovulation.
The fimbria or tube ends, which help your egg to ovulate
Fimbrioplasty: This procedure is used to correct mild to moderate damage to your fimbria.
In addition to the push your egg receives from the hormonal surge of LH, your fimbria, the petal-like fingers of your fallopian tube, also play an important role.
Fallopian tube abnormalities: These include blockages inside the tube (resulting from infection, ectopic pregnancies, or endometriosis) as well as damaged fimbria (tubal ends) and internal tubal adhesions.
Using a gentle sucking action that coaxes your egg from its shell, your fimbria actually reach down and massage your ovary just before ovulation.
As it pops from its shell, the egg is “caught” by the fimbria, the fingerlike ends of the fallopian tube, and then gently swept inside.