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 An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, creating an unviable pregnancy that can be deadly for the pregnant person. Jen Christensen, CNN, 22 July 2022 An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy in which a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tubes. Hannah Smothers, SELF, 30 June 2022 An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows somewhere outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. Haley Bemiller, The Enquirer, 29 June 2022 An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants outside of the uterus. Scientific American, 29 June 2022 Journalism on ectopic pregnancy has immense stakes. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg grows outside a woman’s uterus. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, 9 July 2022 An ectopic pregnancy is one in which the fetus grows outside the uterus, with the chance to survive several weeks but eventually dies. Lizzie Kane, The Indianapolis Star, 6 July 2022 In Aronofsky’s case, the ectopic pregnancy was on the verge of rupture. Deb Gordon, Forbes, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ectopic pregnancy

1895, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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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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