fibro-, fibr-, fiber- +
(Latin: fiber [an elongated, threadlike structure]; a combining form denoting a relationship to fibers)
Plant fibers include cotton, flax, hemp, jute, etc.
Animal fibers include wool, camel hair, angora, silk, etc.
Natural fibers have been used by humans for thousands of years; as, animal hair and plant fibers were spun into yarn and woven into textiles and the modern textile industry is still based on those ancient technologies.
Both natural and synthetic fibers consist of linear polymers. These polymers are converted into fibrous form by growth (animal hair and plant fibers) or extrusion (spider and silk worm) and are specifically oriented to the fiber axis.
2. One of the delicate threads running in every direction through the cytoplasm of a nerve cell, extending into the axon and dendrites (receptive surfaces of a neuron).
2. Fibrosis associated with small foci (origin or center of a disseminated disease) in which iron is deposited.
2. One of a system of fibers found in the cytoplasm of epithelial cells.
3. A bundle of fine filaments (tonofilaments) in certain cells, especially epithelial cells, the individual strands of which transverse the cytoplasm in all directions and extend into the cell processes to converge and insert on the desmosomes; they are thought to have a supportive or cytoskeletal function and, in keratinizing epithelia, to be the principal precursor of cytokeratin.