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)

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Recent Examples on the Web Two live births, one tubular pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy, and 13 miscarriages. Glamour, "‘I Lost 15 Pregnancies—But Not My Determination to Be a Mom’," 20 Apr. 2020 If your symptoms signal an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage, your practitioner may want to see you immediately or send you to the emergency room. New York Times, "Pregnancy Pains Got You Down? Read This," 13 Apr. 2020 Women who have survived ectopic pregnancies have taken to social media to express their shock. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "An Ohio abortion bill would define doctors as murderers if they don’t perform a medically impossible procedure," 29 Nov. 2019 Most notably, Becker last year introduced a bill to ban insurance coverage for abortions with an exception for re-implanting an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus, a procedure doctors say doesn't exist. Scott Wartman,, "Coronavirus in Ohio: With the canceled primary as the last straw, some Republicans resisting DeWine, government action.," 19 Mar. 2020 Back home, there were blighted starts and an ectopic pregnancy. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Liver," 9 Mar. 2020 Doctors say ectopic pregnancies, which can cause a woman’s fallopian tube to burst open, often lead to life-threatening bleeding. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "New Abortion Bills Are So Tough That Some Conservatives Have Qualms," 4 Dec. 2019 There’s currently no way to medically reimplant ectopic pregnancies. Tara Law, Time, "Ohio Bill Suggests Doctors Who Perform Abortions Could Face Jail, Unless They Perform a Non-Existent Treatment," 1 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of ectopic pregnancy

1895, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2020

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“Ectopic pregnancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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