en·do·me·tri·osis | \ˌen-dō-ˌmē-trē-ˈō-səs \

Definition of endometriosis 

: the presence and growth of functioning endometrial tissue in places other than the uterus that often results in severe pain and infertility

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For moms, the advantages of nursing include reduced risks of breast and ovarian cancer, obesity, heart disease, and possibly, endometriosis. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Why breastfeeding is best, despite that Trump administration uproar," 9 July 2018 In 2016, complications from endometriosis kept Dunham from participating in the press tour for the fifth season of her HBO show Girls, including an emergency hospital visit for a ruptured ovarian cyst. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Lena Dunham undergoes total hysterectomy following endometriosis battle," 14 Feb. 2018 ESPN Host Molly Qerim had never heard of endometriosis — until she was diagnosed with the painful uterine disorder seven years ago. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "ESPN Host Molly Qerim Reveals Endometriosis Struggle: 'It Put My Body into Menopause'," 16 Apr. 2018 Like nearly 10 percent of women, Beim has lived with endometriosis her whole adult life. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Company Wants Your Fertility Data," 13 July 2018 No doctor has ever initiated a conversation with me about fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or endometriosis. Minda Honey, Longreads, "The Power in Knowing: Black Women, HIV, and the Realities of Safe Sex," 19 June 2018 Many people rely on birth control every day — some use it to treat medical conditions like endometriosis, while others use it as their main contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Taytulla Birth Control Recalled," 30 May 2018 Dunham suffers from endometriosis, a painful disease in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it. Katie Van Syckle, The Cut, "Lena Dunham Just Had a Total Hysterectomy," 13 Feb. 2018 Irregular ovulation, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and diminished ovarian reserve due to age contribute to female infertility. Brennan Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "5 myths about infertility," 26 June 2018

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1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for endometriosis

New Latin

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en·do·me·tri·osis | \ˌen-dō-ˌmē-trē-ˈō-səs \
plural endometrioses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of endometriosis 

: the presence and growth of functioning endometrial tissue in places other than the uterus that often results in severe pain and infertility — see adenomyosis

Other Words from endometriosis

endometriotic \-trē-ˈät-ik \ adjective

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