fallopian tube

noun, often capitalized F
fal·​lo·​pi·​an tube | \ fə-ˈlō-pē-ən- How to pronounce fallopian tube (audio) \

Definition of fallopian tube

: either of the pair of tubes that carry the egg from the ovary to the uterus

Examples of fallopian tube in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the cancer has spread to both ovaries, those will need to be removed, as will the fallopian tubes. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Three Types of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know," 1 Nov. 2018 Endometriosis occurs when tissues that line the uterus grow outside the uterus, in places like the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Julianne Hough and husband Brooks Laich are 'going through IVF' with no 'shame or guilt'," 19 June 2019 The inflammation that results from this disease may make the lining of the uterus less receptive to an embryo or cause scarring and blockage of the fallopian tubes, thus preventing fertilization from taking place. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Get Pregnant?," 1 Oct. 2018 Most infertility stems from poor-quality eggs, sperm, or anatomic factors like blocked fallopian tubes. Kristen Dold, Marie Claire, "Could Acupuncture Get You Pregnant?," 18 Sep. 2017 The small implant, consisting of two coils, sits in the fallopian tube, which develops scar tissue. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Essure Birth Control to Be Pulled From Market By Manufacturer," 23 July 2018 If both fallopian tubes are blocked, then in vitro fertilization (IVF) is required. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Get Pregnant?," 1 Oct. 2018 If the cancer is limited to one ovary, surgery may only require removing that gland and its accompanying fallopian tube, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Three Types of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know," 1 Nov. 2018 Retrograde menstrual flow: During a period, when a woman is shedding her uterine lining, some of that tissue can flow through her fallopian tubes and into her pelvis, which researchers think may cause endometriosis. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Women with endometriosis suffer terrible pain. There’s finally a new treatment option.," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of fallopian tube

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fallopian tube

Gabriel Fallopius †1562 Italian anatomist

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fallopian tube

noun, often capitalized F

Medical Definition of fallopian tube

: either of the pair of tubes that carry the eggs from the ovary to the uterus

called also uterine tube

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