ectopic pregnancy

noun

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 Our doctor can’t tell if our fertilized egg has implanted in the uterus or in a fallopian tube (which would be considered an ectopic pregnancy). refinery29.com, "Fertility Diary: 2 Rounds Of IVF & Chronic Endometritis," 30 Nov. 2020 In 2001, the queen's daughter-in-law, Sophie Countess of Wessex, then 36, suffered a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy (when the fetus grows in a fallopian tube outside the womb) and required hours of surgery to terminate the pregnancy. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan praised for opening up about miscarriage, like several royals before her," 25 Nov. 2020 Ryan dedicated the game to his wife, Ashley, who went to the emergency room last week in Florida with abdominal pain on the advice of a Giants trainer and had surgery to stop the bleeding caused by an ectopic pregnancy. Stephen Whyno, courant.com, "Jones, Giants hold on to beat Washington for 2nd victory," 8 Nov. 2020 Sophie, 55, suffered an ectopic pregnancy in 2001 and needed to be flown to the hospital by the helicopter crews. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex Visits Air Ambulance Service That Came to Her Aid During Pregnancy Emergency," 3 Sep. 2020 Air ambulances also have a deep personal meaning to fellow royal Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who was rushed to the hospital by Thames Valley Air Ambulance in 2001 after suffering an ectopic pregnancy. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Draws on 'First-Hand' Experiences in Personal Tribute to Air Ambulance Crews," 7 Sep. 2020 She was airlifted to a London hospital and underwent a 2-1/2 hour operation for the potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex Visits Air Ambulance Service That Came to Her Aid During Pregnancy Emergency," 3 Sep. 2020 Others involve finding refuge: Rachael Reyna, who grew up visiting the parks twice a month, began frequenting them as an adult after an ectopic pregnancy in 2016. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "‘I Felt Safer Going to Disney Than Going to the Grocery Store’," 3 Aug. 2020 During the filming of Love & Hip Hop: New York, Remy opened up about her struggles to conceive after suffering an ectopic pregnancy. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "So Many Blessings! Remy Ma And Papoose Are Expecting Another Baby," 6 July 2020

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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ectopic pregnancy

noun

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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