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fim·bri·a

, pl.

fim·bri·ae

(fim'brē-ă, -brē-ē),
1. Any fringelike structure. Synonym(s): fringe
2. Synonym(s): pilus (2)
[L. fringe]

fringe

adjective Referring to healthcare methods and philosophies that lie between therapies representing possible viable alternatives to mainstream medical treatment (e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and others) and those that are purely speculative, questionable or frankly unethical (e.g., laetrile, psychic surgery).

fringe

adjective Referring to health care methods and philosophies that lie between therapies that may represent viable alternatives to mainstream medical treatment–eg acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and others, and those that are purely speculative, questionable, or frankly unethical–eg laetrile, psychic surgery. Cf Alternative, Integrative, Mainstream Note: In the present work, the author uses the terms fringe medicine, fringe nutrition, fringe oncology, fringe pharmacology, and others to refer to this 'gray area' of alternative health.

fringe

(frinj)
Colloquial adjectival usage for unproven or incompletely accepted health care modalities; often perceived as pejorative by practitioners of these alternative methods.
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For a city with a growing reputation for hosting large-scale global events and attracting high-calibre international artists and performers it might come as a surprise to many that Cardiff has a flourishing fringe scene quietly bubbling away underneath the surface.
In 2011, the Edmonton Fringe celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with "Fringeopolis," which offered over 1,200 performances in forty-three venues.
The following instructions are one of two options you can use to join the fringe to the sash:
While a blunt bold fringe is the must-have cut of the season, remember the fringe also comes in many other guises.
Meanwhile an eye-skimming fringe will instantly transform a long face, making it appear miraculously shorter.
S corporation employees and owners may be uncertain regarding which fringe benefits are subject to the 2% shareholder rules as well as the mechanics of implementing the restrictions.
In 2007, Jason took his first solo stand-up show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, selling out for the bulk of the run, and earning fivestar reviews, before embarking on a sell-out world tour and scooping the coveted Best International Show at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, an award previously won by Eddie Izzard and Stephen K Amos.
When asked about fringe fashion, Kim Kardashian said it was "totally '60s hippy, but you can do it totally modern with fun jumpsuits.
The magic of having a fringe cut into your current style means you can update your look with little cost or commitment.
I used to have a really long fringe but have recently had it cut shorter," she said.
But these solutions have frequently adopted a limited perspective, dealing with the plight of fringe agriculture, with out-of-town shopping, or with harnessing recreational potential; they have not offered any integrated answers, possibly because of difficulties in co-ordinating different interest groups or convincing landowners of the need to think strategically about 'development' or 'improvement strategies'.