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Protein projections from the surface of bacteria used for attachment to other surfaces.

Hundreds of fimbriae can be found on a single bacterium.

As adhesins are associated with fimbriae, and adhesins can allow bacteria binding to, for example, tissues of host organisms (kown as adherence), fimbriae can serve as important bacterial virulence factors.