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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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