Fimbriae of uterine tube

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Fimbriae of uterine tube
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Uterus and uterine tubes
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Latin fimbriae tubae uterinae
TA A09.1.02.004
FMA 18308
Anatomical terminology
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In the female reproductive system, the fimbria (plural, fimbriae) is a fringe of tissue around the ostium of the Fallopian tube, in the direction of the ovary.

An ovary is not directly connected to its adjacent Fallopian tube. When ovulation is about to occur, the sex hormones activate the fimbriae, causing it to swell with blood and hit the ovary in a gentle, sweeping motion. An oocyte is released from the ovary into the peritoneal cavity and the cilia of the fimbriae sweep the ovum into the Fallopian tube.

Of all fimbriae, one fimbria is long enough to reach the ovary. It is called fimbria ovarica.[1][2]

Additional images


  1. ^ Cancerweb- ovarian fimbria
  2. ^ Daftary, Shirish; Chakravarti, Sudip (2011). Manual of Obstetrics, 3rd Edition. Elsevier. pp. 1-16. ISBN 9788131225561.

External links

  • Histology image: 18501loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University - "Female Reproductive System: oviduct; infundibulum and fimbria"
  • Anatomy figure: 43:02-08 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Posterior view of the broad ligament of the uterus, on the left side."
  • Anatomy image:9646 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Microsurgery of the fallopian tube: from fantasy to reality
  • Peritoneal fluid in endometriosis
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