What does "Fat Stranding" mean?

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   Posted 7/5/2005 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone define the surgical phrase "Fat Stranding" or "Mesenteric Fat Stranding"?  It's a phrase that's often used in association with inflammatory processes in the bowel.  It's a commonly used term but I can't find a definition/explanation of it anywhere on the Internet.
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