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 Left untreated, gonorrhea poses a risk of infertility and can prove especially damaging to women, leading to pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2023 The complications listed—infertility, blocked Fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage—had all been hers. Mary Costello, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 One of the warning signs of an ectopic pregnancy is severe pelvic pain, particularly on one side of the abdomen. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 6 Jan. 2023 People who have had one ectopic pregnancy are more likely to have another. Rebecca Stewart, Parents, 6 Sep. 2023 Under the ban, abortions would be permitted for ectopic pregnancies, fetuses with fatal anomalies and women who need cancer treatment, among other exceptions. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2023 An ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening if untreated.13 5. Jessica Migala, Health, 11 Sep. 2023 Garcia was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and had to have her fallopian tube surgically removed. Brianna Holt, Vogue, 7 July 2023 For example, some health care providers will only conduct early ultrasounds for certain high-risk pregnancy conditions like bleeding and abdominal pain, or to rule out ectopic pregnancy, congenital disorders, or miscarriage. Tricia O'Brien, Parents, 11 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ectopic pregnancy was in 1895

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“Ectopic pregnancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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