ectopic pregnancy


Definition of ectopic pregnancy

: development of a fertilized egg elsewhere than in the uterus (as in a fallopian tube or the peritoneal cavity)

Examples of ectopic pregnancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The disease can also become chronic and lead to liver and kidney failure, bladder cancer and ectopic pregnancies. Jillian Kramer, Scientific American, "Single-Sex Prawns Could Aid Fight against Snail-Borne Disease," 10 Dec. 2019 The condition, an ectopic pregnancy, is extremely dangerous if not treated immediately. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019 But most perplexing of all is the suggestion that ectopic pregnancies can be transplanted. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "An Ohio abortion bill would define doctors as murderers if they don’t perform a medically impossible procedure," 29 Nov. 2019 Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems, including ectopic pregnancy and infertility. Anchorage Daily News, "Deadly superbugs pose greater threat than previously estimated," 13 Nov. 2019 That can lead to ectopic pregnancy, chronic pain and infertility. Jason Gale | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why Sex-Related Infections Are Spreading Again," 19 July 2019 According to the documents, one woman visited Perwaiz concerning an ectopic pregnancy. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Virginia Doctor Accused of Performing Hysterectomies Without Patients' Consent," 11 Nov. 2019 Another woman who saw Perwaiz for an ectopic pregnancy later visited a fertility specialist for help getting pregnant. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Virginia doctor allegedly performed hysterectomies, tied fallopian tubes without consent," 11 Nov. 2019 But White believes that stillbirth, ectopic pregnancies, and molar pregnancies belong in the discussion. Rachel Wells, Glamour, "What to Expect During a Miscarriage," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ectopic pregnancy

1895, in the meaning defined above

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14 Dec 2019

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“Ectopic pregnancy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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ectopic pregnancy


Medical Definition of ectopic pregnancy

: gestation elsewhere than in the uterus (as in a fallopian tube or in the peritoneal cavity)

called also ectopic gestation, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy

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Britannica English: Translation of ectopic pregnancy for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about ectopic pregnancy

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